Dawidjies, noun

Forms:
Davidjes, DavidjiesShow more Also Davidjes, Davidjies, Davitjes, Dawedjies.
Plurals:
unchanged.
Origin:
Afrikaans, NamaShow more Afrikaans, etymology unknown; perhaps from the Biblical name David, or (less probably) related to Nama dawee tamarisk (see dabby), + diminutive suffix -ie + plural -s (but usually used with singular force).
Any of several shrubby climbing plants or (pl.) their roots, formerly used medicinally, the roots as an emetic and purgative, and the toxic leaves as a paste for boils and snake bites.
a. In full Dawidjieswortel /-ˌvɔ(r)təl/ [Afrikaans wortel root]: a. Zehneria scabra of the Cucurbitaceae; b. Kedrostis africana of the Cucurbitaceae; c. rare. Cissampelos capensis, C. torulosa, and C. mucronata of the Menispermaceae. Also occasionally Dawidsworteltjie /ˈdɑːvətsˌvɔrtəlki/ [see -ie].
1809 J. Mackrill Diary. 56Bryonia africana, Davitjes, Emetic & purge.
c1969 E. Gledhill E. Cape Veld Flowers 170Melothria punctata..Dawetjieswortel...Climber with slightly rough stems and leaves...Very common on margins of forest and shrub and as a weed of hedges.
b. rare. The plant Cynanchum africanum of the Asclepiadaceae; also called klimop (sense 2), and monkey-rope.
1932 Watt & Breyer-Brandwijk Medicinal & Poisonous Plants 150Cynanchum africanum.., Excelsior, Klimop, Bobbejaanstou, Dawidjies, is also toxic, and causes loss of stock.
[1989 B. Courtenay Power of One 155Monkey rope strung from tall trees..was given names such as: traveller’s joy, lemon capers, climbing saffron, milk rope and David’s roots.]
The plant Cynanchum africanum of the Asclepiadaceae; also called klimop (sense 2), and monkey-rope.

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