duinebessie, noun

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Also duinbessie, and (formerly) dunnebesje.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier South African Dutch), duine dunes + bessie berry.
The spiny shrub Nylandtia spinosa of the Polygalaceae, common on sand-dunes and sandy flats; its edible fruit; skilpadbessie, see skilpad sense b.
[1843 J.C. Chase Cape of G.H. 152The wild fruits, indigenous to the country, are also incredibly numerous,..quarri (Euclea undulata), num num, the Hottentot name, (Ardunia Ferox), duin berries (Mundia spinosa), with a great number of others.]
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 159Dunnebesjes,..Another name for the berries known as Skelpadbesjes.
1917 R. Marloth Dict. of Common Names of Plants 25Duine’bessie, Mundtia spinosa. A spiny shrublet of the Cape Flats and other sandy tracts, bearing large red berries, eagerly eaten by tortoises and children.
1934 C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 46Duinebessie,..Mundtia spinosa is so called because the shrub is commonly found on the coastal dunes.
1964 L.G. Green Old Men Say 100Aromatic berries known as duinbessies were brought to the market from Green Point Common and sold at a penny a pound. They made a grand fruit sauce which was served with meat dishes.
1980 D. Bickell in E. Prov. Herald 23 June 7One area which attracted us we called ‘Tortoise Town’ because of the number of these creatures we found there, particularly among the duinebessies in the sandy areas.
1983 D. Bickell in E. Prov. Herald 16 May 11In time, among the beautiful flora which will come home to the valley will be proteas, ericas, waxies, everlastings, gladioli, watsonias, duinebessies,..and euphorbias.
The spiny shrub Nylandtia spinosa of the Polygalaceae, common on sand-dunes and sandy flats; its edible fruit; skilpadbessie, see skilpadb.

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