karrie, noun3

Forms:
karee, karieShow more Also karee, karie, karree, karri, kiri, kirie, kirrey, korree.
Origin:
Afrikaans, Khoikhoi, NamaShow more Afrikaans, adaptation of Khoikhoi ‖kare, ‖kari, the name of a root or plant (found in Nama !kari-b honey-beer).
1. a. A fermented drink made of honey or prickly-pear syrup to which powder from the root of the karriemoer (see sense 2) is added as a leaven; cf. honey-beer. b. Any of several plants whose roots are so used; the powder made from these roots. Also attributive.
1835 J.W.D. Moodie Ten Yrs in S. Afr. I. 229A particular plant..grows in some of the most arid situations of the interior of the colony...This plant, as well as the drink which is made by its means, is called ‘Karee’.
1866 J.W.D. Moodie Soldier & Settler 144This plant as well as the intoxicating drink made from it, is called ‘Karee’.
1911 E. London Dispatch 20 Dec. 5 (Pettman)Out of the honey, young bees and bee bread which we acquired our men brewed a really good wine, which they termed kirrey. It was quite as strong as porter, and only took a few hours to make; the only addition besides water, being a whitish powder.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 253Karee or Kiri, A drink prepared by the coloured people from honey or prickly pear syrup, to which a small quantity of the dried and powdered root of a certain plant (concerning which they are very secretive, but which appears to be Mesembryanthemum stellatum, Mill) is added, and the whole fermented.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 321Moer wortel,..The root of Anacampseros ustulata, E. Mey. employed in making ‘karree’ and ‘karree moer’.
1971 L.G. Green Taste of S.-Easter 164This so-called bee wine is made to this day in certain parts of the Cape...The modern recipe includes sugar and yeast and the potent drink is known as ‘Korree’ or ‘Karie’, pronounced curry.
1992 Weekend Post 17 Oct. 7Honeybeer which is produced from karrie — the root powder of a flower only found in the Kouga and Tsitsikamma areas.
1992 Weekend Post 24 Oct. (Leisure) 1The more karrie (or root powder), the bigger the kick.
2. combinations
karrie-making (objective);
karriemoer /ˈkariˌmuːr/ [Afrikaans, moer leaven], any of several plants of the genera Trichodiadema, Euphorbia, and Anacampseros, whose roots are powdered and used as yeast in the making of karrie; the powdered roots of these plants; moer noun1 sense 1 b. See also gli.
1973 S. Stander (tr. of M. Versveld) in A.P. Brink’s Brandy in S. Afr. 172Strange that we make so little use of honey-beer, or karrie...Most farmers don’t talk too much about karrie-making, but..if you want to bake a good ‘mosbolletjie’ you have to keep a bottle of karrie-lees on your shelf.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 321Moer wortel,..The root of Anacampseros ustulata, E. Mey. employed in making ‘karree’ and ‘karree moer’.
1917 R. Marloth Dict. of Common Names of Plants 49Kirie’moer, Mesembrianthemum stellatum.., used as an addition to kaffir beer. But in Griqualand West..the natives apply a similar name to Euphorbia decussata and use it for the same purpose.
1925 E. Prov. Herald 27 Aug.The sample produced was ‘karriemoer’ with water. It was not exactly kaffir beer.
1930 M. Raubenheimer Tested S. Afr. Recipes 55Take a quantity of prickly pear and peel them, taking only the inside fruit..Procure a teaspoon of ‘Karee Moer,’ and while the sediment is still warm but not hot, add the ‘Moer’ to it.
1949 L.G. Green In Land of Afternoon 161Much wild honey is gathered because honey means honey beer. Coloured people in the Piketberg Sandveld..use kareemoer, a powdered root, as yeast.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 280Kareemoer, Trichodiadema stellatum...The tuber was used by the Hottentots in beer-making, the product obtained being a deliriant and intoxicant, with an earlier stimulating action.
A fermented drink made of honey or prickly-pear syrup to which powder from the root of the karriemoer (see 2) is added as a leaven;
Any of several plants whose roots are so used; the powder made from these roots. Also attributive.

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