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.]
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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