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doepa, noun

Forms:
Also dupa.
Plurals:
unchanged, or doepas.
Origin:
Afrikaans, MalayShow more Afrikaans, from Malay dupa incense.
1. A love potion or magic potion, either taken by mouth or worn as an amulet, and believed to give the user luck and power.
Note:
Originally used of gum benzoin (see sense 2 below), the word now applies to a variety of herbs and balsams.
1857 Ku’eep in Cape Monthly Mag. I. June 369There is..a belief among them that any one who is in possession of ‘Doepa,’ or Gum Benzoin, can work with and tame the best oxen.
1989 Sunday Times 29 Oct. 3Mr J— accused Mr B— of giving Miss J— a magic potion (doepa) to make her besotted with him, and threatened to get a Malay diviner to lift the spell on his daughter.
2.
a. Gum benzoin, a patent medicine used, either as a powder or in small pieces, for colic and flatulence. See also (old) Dutch medicine (Dutch adjective sense 2).
1919 Dunell, Ebden & Co.’s Price List Oct. 20Doepa 3/6.
1989 D. Smuts Folk Remedies 25Colic: Crush doepa finely: ¼ teaspoon taken 3 times a day.
b. comb.
doepa-olie /-ˌʊəlɪ/ noun [Afrikaans, olie oil], gum benzoin or balsam of Peru, used for chest ailments and as an ointment for the treatment of wounds.
1919 Dunell, Ebden & Co.’s Price List Oct. 20Doepa Olie, 2 dram 5/-.
1972 N. Sapeika in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. VII. 302A list of..traditional remedies..includes bloedstillende druppels (tincture of ferric perchloride), boegoe-essens (tincture of buchu), doepa (benzoin), doepa-olie (balsam of Peru), [etc.].
A love potion or magic potion, either taken by mouth or worn as an amulet, and believed to give the user luck and power.
Gum benzoin, a patent medicine used, either as a powder or in small pieces, for colic and flatulence. See also (old) Dutch medicine (Dutchadjective2).

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