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dubbeltjie, noun2

Forms:
doblejie, dubbeljeeShow more Also doblejie, dubbeljee, dubbeltje, dubbeltjee, dubbletje, dubeltie.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier South African Dutch dubbeltje).
Note:
The ultimate origin is uncertain: probably named for the two-four construction of the thorns (from Dutch dubbel double); or perhaps an adaptation of Dutch duiveltje ‘little devil’, from the supposed resemblance of the fruit, especially that of Tribulus terrestris, to a horned devil.
A name given to the angular, spiny fruit of any of several indigenous herbaceous plants, and to the plants themselves: a. Any of several species of Tribulus of the Zygophyllaceae, especially T. terrestris; dubbeltjedoorn. b. Emex australis of the Polygonaceae. In both senses also called devil’s thorn, doublejee (sense 2), duiweltjie. Also attributive.
Note:
The sheep disease tribulosis (see geeldikkop) is caused by the ingestion of any of several species of Tribulus.
1795 C.R. Hopson tr. of C.P. Thunberg’s Trav. I. 148Great complaints were made of the seed-vessels of the rumex spinosus (dubelties), which grew very common here, as the sharp prickles of them cut the feet of the slaves and others, who walked bare-footed.
1986 Farmer’s Weekly 25 July 14Broad-leaved weeds, such as dubbeltjies (Emex australis) can be effectively eliminated in the grain by using a suitable herbicide.
Any of several species of Tribulus of the Zygophyllaceae, especially T. terrestris; dubbeltjedoorn.
Emex australis of the Polygonaceae. In both senses also called devil’s thorn, doublejee (sense 2), duiweltjie. Also attributive.

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