EnglishShow more Kaffraria (formed on kaffir) + English adjective-forming suffix -an, -n.
Of or pertaining to the south-eastern (predominantly Xhosa-speaking) areas of South Africa, particularly the Ciskei and Border areas of the Eastern Cape (see Border sense 1); Caffrian. Often in special collocations, as:
Kaffrarian yew, the yellowwood (sense 2 c)Podocarpus elongatus.
‘Kaffraria’ was a name given first to southern Africa, then to Xhosaland (see Xhosanoun sense 1 c), and subsequently to ‘British Kaffraria’ (an area of the eastern Cape Province situated between the Kei and Keiskamma rivers; annexed by Britain and administered separately between December 1847 and 1865, it was subsequently incorporated into the Cape Colony). Although the name ‘Kaffraria’ was occasionally extended to all of the territories inhabited by Nguni peoples (being the entire east coast of southern Africa, including what is now KwaZulu-Natal, and parts of Mozambique), ‘Kaffrarian’ was not used of these other areas.
c1808C. von LinnéSystem of Nat. Hist.VIII. 25The Caffrarian Eagle,..Its colour, and being found only in Caffraria, made Vaillant call it Caffre.
c1808C. von LinnéSystem of Nat. Hist.VIII. 333The Caffrarian Thrush..Turdus Cafer, Linn. and Curonge, Vaillant.
1821W. Shaw inMissionary Notices 36Locally known as the Yellow-wood. This is the kaffrarian-yew (Taxus Elongatus) and grows to a great height, the timber being fine and hard, and, when well seasoned, a most substantial and durable wood.
1821W. Shaw inMissionary Notices 123Your Missionaries shall be called to lay the axe to the root of Caffrarian ignorance and cruelty.
1853F.P. FlemingKaffraria 35A large population thus located..would prove most beneficial in the future administration of Kaffrarian policy.
1853F.P. FlemingKaffraria 36Amongst these various Kaffrarian trees may be enumerated the Kaffir-Pear, or Oichna, of a reddish wood.
1853F.P. FlemingKaffraria 51The Kaffrarian gooseberry is also a very pleasant fruit.
Of or pertaining to the south-eastern (predominantly Xhosa-speaking) areas of South Africa, particularly the Ciskei and Border areas of the Eastern Cape (see Border1); Caffrian. Often in special collocations, as:
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