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jakkalsbessie, noun

Forms:
Also jakals bessie, and (formerly) jackalsbesjie.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African Dutch, DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier South African Dutch), from Dutch jakhals jackal + besje berry.
Either of two trees, or their fruit: a. The dense spreading tree Diospyros mespiliformis of the Ebenaceae, having small, greenish-white, fragrant flowers and oval, yellow fruit; Transvaal ebony, see Transvaal; also called wild apricot (sense (b) see wild sense a). b. The milkwood (sense (a) see milk sense 2), Sideroxylon inerme. Also attributive.
1854 L. Pappe Silva Capensis 22Sideroxylon inerme Lin. (Melkhoud)...The fruit (Jackalsbesjes) are edible.
1991 Style Apr. 102‘Never camp under a fever tree,’ a fellow guest tells us. ‘Jakalsbessie is the best.’
The dense spreading tree Diospyros mespiliformis of the Ebenaceae, having small, greenish-white, fragrant flowers and oval, yellow fruit; Transvaal ebony, see Transvaal; also called wild apricot (sense (b) see wilda).
The milkwood (sense (a) see milk2), Sideroxylon inerme. Also attributive.

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