kanna, noun2

Forms:
canna, channaShow more Also canna, channa, gonna, konna.
Origin:
Khoikhoi
1. Either of two species of succulents, Sceletium anatomicum or S. tortuosum of the Mesembryanthemaceae, the roots and stems of which were formerly chewed by various peoples, especially the Khoikhoi, for their narcotic effect. Also attributive.
1611 P. Floris in R. Raven-Hart Before Van Riebeeck (1967) 55Wee vsed great diligence in seeking of the roote Ningimm..being called of these inhabitants Canna.
1972 M.R. Levyns in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. V. 287‘Gonna’ has..been taken as the equivalent of ‘kanna’, which should rightfully be confined to species of Sceletium, a genus allied to Mesembyanthemum and much prized by the Hottentots for its stimulant action.
2. combination
Kannaland, see quotation 1989.
Note:
Some believe this name to be derived from kanna noun3, or from ganna: see quotations 1844, 1913, and 1967.
1790 W. Paterson Narr. of Four Journeys 23This is called, the Channa Land; and derives its name from a species of Mezembryanthimum, which is called Channa by the natives, and is exceedingly esteemed among them.
1989 P.E. Raper Dict. of Sn Afr. Place Names 86Cannaland, Region extending from Ezeljachtpoort to Platte Kloof, situated north of the Outeniqua Mountains. The name is derived from Khoekhoen and refers to the canna root, an edible type of Mesembryanthemum. Also encountered as Kannaland and Canaan’s Land.
Either of two species of succulents, Sceletium anatomicum or S. tortuosum of the Mesembryanthemaceae, the roots and stems of which were formerly chewed by various peoples, especially the Khoikhoi, for their narcotic effect. Also attributive.

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