bossuiker, noun

Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans (from Dutch borstsuiker, borst chest + suiker sugar), ‘barley sugar’; cough lozenge.
see quotation 1947. Cf. boschsuiker.
[1916 S. Black in S. Gray Three Plays (1984) 229Peace: Hum! What’s this stuff? It looks like dynamite. Van K: That’s bosch-sugar! Peace: What are you doing with bosch-sugar? Van K: I eat it. Try a piece.]
1947 L.G. Green Tavern of Seas 72The sweet shop in Long Street, where a St. Helena woman named Rachel Thompson presided over a gorgeous array of Cape sweets...There were burnt almonds, bossuiker (a sort of sugar-stick), the aniseed flavoured dumily-klontjies and almond rock.
1951 L.G. Green Grow Lovely 72The Malay quarter, source of the cookery secrets that have survived the centuries. There, too, the origin of the old Cape sweets and pastries seen in the shop windows may be traced, the tammeletjie and bossuiker, kraakelen and sugared mebos.
1971 L.G. Green Taste of S.-Easter 157When I first went there as a school boy I was interested only in the golden tammeletjies and the striped bossuikers.
see quotation 1947.
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