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dagha, noun

Forms:
daager, dagaShow more Also daager, daga, dagga, dagher, daka, dargha, dargher, dugga.
Origin:
Afrikaans, Zulu, XhosaShow more Afrikaans, adaptation of Zulu and Xhosa udaka mud, clay, mortar.
a. Building mortar, used for laying bricks and for plastering walls and floors, previously made chiefly of mud or ant-hill soil and sometimes mixed with cow-dung and/or blood; now often a mixture of soil, sand, and lime. Also attributive. See also dagha-boy (boy sense 1 b). Cf. misvloer (see mis sense 3).
1879 R.J. Atcherley Trip to Boërland 215This daager is a great South African institution; it consists of a mixture of blood and cow-dung, which is smeared daily upon the floor, and is the only means by which the fleas can be kept under.
1992 A. Bodenstein in Grocott’s Mail 21 July 1It was a daga structure with wood and iron roof.
b. In the phrr. dagha-and-pole, pole-and-dagha, usually attributive, descriptive of a method of construction using a framework of poles, and sometimes wire-netting, to support dagha walls, which are then plastered.
1936 P.M. Clark Autobiog. of Old Drifter 113They were all huts of the dagga and pole make of walls, with thatched roofs — a mode of construction giving huts that are cool to live in.
1974 E. Prov. Herald 25 MayA house made out of flattened and rusted paraffin tins, beaten flat and laid..over pole-and-dagga walls.
Building mortar, used for laying bricks and for plastering walls and floors, previously made chiefly of mud or ant-hill soil and sometimes mixed with cow-dung and/or blood; now often a mixture of soil, sand, and lime. Also attributive.
In the phrr. dagha-and-pole, pole-and-dagha, usually attributive, descriptive of a method of construction using a framework of poles, and sometimes wire-netting, to support dagha walls, which are then plastered.

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