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gocum, noun

Forms:
gaukum, ghaukumShow more Also gaukum, ghaukum, ghocum, ghôghôm, ghokum, ghurkum, goukom, t’gokum, and with initial capital.
Origin:
Afrikaans, NamaShow more Adaptation of Afrikaans ghôkum, ghôkom, perhaps related to Nama ‖gũ juicy, full of seeds.
Hottentot(’s) fig, see Hottentot noun sense 6 a. Also attributive.
1883 M.A. Carey-Hobson Farm in Karoo 42‘Master likes Gocums?’ said the boy. ‘Hottentot figs very good.’ ‘It is the fruit of the figbearing Mysembryanthemum, and many people are very fond of it. You had better let him show you how to peel them, for if you get any of the very saline outer covering, you will find it extremely disagreeable.’
1976 A.P. Brink Instant in Wind 153He brings her a concoction of ghaukum leaves picked far below the snowline that afternoon.
Hottentot(’s) fig, see Hottentotnoun6 a. Also attributive.

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