gavine, noun

Forms:
gabeen, gaviniShow more Also gabeen, gavini, govini.
Origin:
Zulu, EnglishShow more Zulu ugavini a liquor made from sugar-cane, of obscure origin, perhaps related to gava act or talk foolishly or unrestrainedly; or related to isivina (grape) vine, from English vine; but see also quotation 1954.
Especially in township slang: a potent spirit distilled from home-brewed liquor. Cf. shimiyana.
1954 F.J. Edmonstone Thorny Harvest 85Saku poured a little of the spirit on the concrete floor, then taking a lighted match to it, immediately the govini burst into a blue flame.
1954 F.J. Edmonstone Thorny Harvest 139Govini, A prostituted word, coined to mean ‘the government is against it’. Distilled from shimiyana. Extremely potent.
1959 Drum Jan. 27 (caption)Gavini: Distilled from Skokiaan, with a seasoning of wild fruits, especially Marula. Looks like milky gin. Half-a-jack has put men out for 18 hours.
1980 Mrs M. in Staffrider Vol.3 No.1, 2People, as I say, were brewing gavine, shimiyana, everything.
a potent spirit distilled from home-brewed liquor.
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