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das, noun

/das/
Forms:
Also dass.
Plurals:
dasses, dassen.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch, ‘badger’.
1. obsolete.
a. dassie sense 1. Also attributive.
[1652 J. Van Riebeeck Daghregister14. Nov.,..5 dode ende 5 lewendige dassen.]
1884 Wood in Sunday Mag. Nov. 719The most successful Das hunter.
b. combinations
das-adder, a mythical animal with the head of a hyrax and the body and tail of a snake ;
dassie-adder or dassie-serpent, see dassie sense 3 .
Note:
Associated by some with the rock monitor Varanus exanthematicus subspecies albigularis. See also leguaan.
1849 A. Smith Illust. of Zoo. of S. Afr.: Reptilia Pl.2Varanus Albigularis...The animal which is called the Das adder by the colonists, and which is so much dreaded under an idea of its being extremely venomous.
1951 L.G. Green Grow Lovely 138The mystery of the das-adder — a fabulous monster with the head of a dassie and the body of a snake..the ‘das-adder’ legend persists in the Cape, and some people in the country cannot be shaken in their belief.
2. rare Either of two species of seabream of the Sparidae: a. The blacktail, Diplodus sargus capensis. b. The bronze bream (sense b), Pachymetopon grande.
1902 J.D.F. Gilchrist in Trans. of S. Afr. Philological Soc. XI. 227Dasje, Das (Knysna)?..Sargus rondelletii.
1979 Snyman & Klarie Free from Sea 25Blue Hottentot,..das.
dassie1. Also attributive.
, a mythical animal with the head of a hyrax and the body and tail of a snake
, see dassie3
The blacktail, Diplodus sargus capensis.
The bronze bream (sense b), Pachymetopon grande.

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