AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, gif (earlier gift) poison + appel apple.
1.Either of two poisonous wild cucumber species of the Cucurbitaceae, Cucumis myriocarpus or C. zeyheri.
1822W.J. BurchellTrav. (1953) I. 104A kind of wild cucumber spreads itself over the bushes and along the ground, bearing a small yellow oval fruit hardly an inch long, covered with soft prickles, and called Gift-Appel (Poison-apple) on account of its extreme bitterness. [Note] Cucumis prophetarum.
1929Farming in S. Afr. Sept. 280‘Bitter apples,’ ‘Wild cucumbers’ and ‘Gifappels’, are names commonly employed by the farmer to describe a small cucumber-plant variety (Cucumis myriocarpus) which is frequently found in old maize-fields, is widely distributed throughout the Union, and is the cause of poisoning of sheep.
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