1816R.B. FisherImportance of Cape of G.H. 52There is, indeed, a large quantity of the old English penny-pieces coined by Mr. Boulton, now in circulation, under the name of double gees, or twopence, for which they pass current.
1889Blackwood’s Mag. (U.K.) Aug. 183We had to put a doublejee or so into the wooden shoe.
No longer common in South African English; used in Australian English (as ‘double-gee’) since 1872.
1823T. PhilippsPhilipps, 1820 Settler (1960) Our Dogs were soon disabled by a prickly seed which gets into their feet; it..presents a thorn in every way it lies...Called a ‘doublejee’.., but for what reason I cannot conjecture.
1833Graham’s Town Jrnl 21 Feb. 2The next morning her mistress collected a quantity of ‘doubeljees’ (the prickly seed of a small plant) and strewed them under her.
1878T.J. LucasCamp Life & Sport 86There is a nasty thorn called the doublegee, which forms a triangle, and presents a point upwards whichever way it falls.
1980J. CockMaids & Madams 196She was returned to her mistress who punished her by placing her in the stocks so as to cause extreme discomfort and a wound on her spine. At times she was made to sit on ‘doublejees’ (small thorns).
[1991A. Malan inYou 7 Feb.The doublegee is a thorny weed that destroys pasture and maims lambs...Accidentally introduced from South Africa in Western Australia’s early farming days, the doublegee has thrived in the local conditions.]
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