AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, combining form duiwels devil’s + drek excrement.
a.A bitter-tasting plant resin derived from any of several Asian trees of the genus Ferula, used for the treatment of nervous tension and stomach upsets. Also attributive.See also (old) Dutch medicine (Dutchadjective sense 2).
Variously known as ‘asafoetida’, ‘devil’s dirt’, and ‘devil’s dung’ elsewhere.
1969Sunday Times 4 MayHe found eight bottles of satan’s dung (duiwelsdrek) hidden in the roof of the manse. Three more bottles of the potion were unearthed in the church building.
c1970Lennon’s Dutch Medicine HandbkDuiwelsdrek, In cases of nervousness, hysteria, and sleeplessness, this preparation will be found to soothe and calm the nerves. It can also be recommended for flatulence and stomach pains.
1973S. Standertr. ofA.P. Brink’s Brandy in S. Afr. 172Results could be attained by drawing a dessertspoon of ‘duiwelsdrek’ with a half-bottle of brandy and a pinch of salpetre.
1976E. Prov. Herald 12 Feb. 5He never regained consciousness after being fed the ‘pill’ made of curry powder, tumeric, garlic, pea powder, epsom salts and ‘duiwelsdrek’ during a ceremony at the..men’s hostel.
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