Caper, noun

EnglishShow more Cape + English suffix -er, expressing the sense ‘a native of’, ‘a resident in’.
obs. except in historical contexts
1. Kaapenaar sense 1.
1829 C. Rose Four Yrs in Sn Afr. 13I have now discussed the Races, the South-easter, the arrival of a Mail, and the Masquerade; and I will defy the most hackneyed Caper to name another thing that ‘Breaks the tedium of fantastic idleness’ in the capital of Southern Africa.
1888 Cape Punch 1 Aug. 47I read it in the paper, It is so strange, so queer, To me a simple Caper At whom Uitlanders sneer.
1913 F.H. Rose Caper on Continent (title-page)Caper, A native of the Cape.
2. In full Caper tea: a coarse tea mixed in China during the 19th century especially for the Cape market.
1847 Graham’s Town Jrnl 2 Jan. 1 (advt)At reduced prices, for sale, at the stores of Edward Herron, & Co. Rio coffee, Mauritius sugar,..Caper Tea.
1855 J.W. Colenso Ten Weeks in Natal 86The latter [tea] was of a kind manufactured expressly for the Cape Colony, and called Caper tea.
1857 Cape Monthly Mag. II. Sept. 187Articles of import may be quoted thus:..Caper tea, direct, 32s. p 10 catty box.
1883 Daily News 27 July 6Tea..scented Caper 5d. to 1s. 0¼d.
c1963 B.C. Tait Durban Story 56For beverage, the housewife refreshed her family with the rather coarse ‘Caper’ tea from China mixed especially for the Cape market.
1976 D.M.B. Preston Story of Frontier Town 58Tea was rough and coarse and made by ‘John Chinaman’ especially for the Cape market, and known as ‘Caper’. It was sold universally in 10 catty boxes (about 12 lbs) a package.
a coarse tea mixed in China during the 19th century especially for the Cape market.
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