gatagay, noun

Forms:
Also da-t’kai, gatagey.
Origin:
KhoikhoiShow more Adaptation of Khoikhoi; according to Boshoff and Nienaber, perhaps tatsegate never, for ever (Afrikaanse Etimologieë, 1967, p.636).
obs.
Note:
In Afrikaans, the word is found as gatagaai, gatagai, gatgaai, gatgai, katgai, katgaai, and tatgai.
Any of several species of plant of the genus Peucedanum (family Apiaceae), with edible but unpalatable roots, found in the Malmesbury district of the Western Cape.
[1786 G. Forster tr. of A. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H. II. 27[Bushpigs] are wont to grub after the root of a shrub of the mesembryanthemum kind, which they (sc. the Khoikhoi) call da-t’kai.]
1795 C.R. Hopson tr. of C.P. Thunberg’s Trav. I. 149The root of the gatagay is likewise roasted in the embers and eaten, but has a bad and disagreeable taste.
1809 J. Mackrill Diary. 56Anise Wortel & Gatagey, Tentandria umbelliferous plants, the Dutch eat thr roots.
1809 J. Mackrill Diary. 60Gatagay is used to eat, but is not pleasant.
Any of several species of plant of the genus Peucedanum (family Apiaceae), with edible but unpalatable roots, found in the Malmesbury district of the Western Cape.
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