honeypot, noun

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Also with initial capital.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more Calqued on South African Dutch hanepoot, see quotations 1913 and 1975.
hanepoot sense 1. Also attributive.
1798 Lady A. Barnard in Lord Lindsay Lives of Lindsays (1849) III. 403The Honipot grape.., a fleshy white grape, which is of the Muscatel nature and excellent.
1847 A Bengali Notes on Cape of G.H. 86The ‘Honey pot’ is a very fleshy grape, and is dried for raisins.
1855 W.R. King Campaigning in Kaffirland 190The most deliciously flavoured grapes, one sort, called the ‘honey-pot’,..of immense size.
1878 T.J. Lucas Camp Life & Sport 213I tasted..delicious muscatels and sweet-water grapes, with crystal honey-pot and other kinds.
1908 M.C. Bruce New Tvl 78Grapes whether of the Muscat of Alexandria or the sweet and popular ‘honey-pot’.., are amongst the most successful fruits grown in the colony.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 214The Dutch name for this richly flavoured grape, the muscat of Alexandria, is Haanepoot...This name has been corrupted by English colonists into ‘Honey-pot,’ approaching the Dutch name in sound, but having reference to the lusciousness of the fruit.
1975 Daily Dispatch 20 Sept. 5Its distinctive flavour and rich sweetness have led many a newcomer to the country to mistake the name and refer to the grape as ‘Honeypot’.
1990 Stanger Mail 16 Feb. 1 (advt)‘Honeypot’ Grapes 99c per kg.
hanepoot1. Also attributive.
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