Kat River, noun phrase

Forms:
Also Katriva.
Origin:
The name of a river in the Balfour district of the Eastern Cape.
1. In full Kat River tobacco: a cheap pipe tobacco.
1910 J. Runcie Idylls by Two Oceans 48He..pulled out his pipe, whose bowl was bitten all round its brim by the burning particles of the cheap Kat River tobacco he smoked.
1910 J. Runcie Idylls by Two Oceans 177He groped within his frayed pocket for a pinch of Kat River to fill a briar pipe charred down to half its depth.
1910 J. Runcie Idylls by Two Oceans 179He went over to a tobacconist’s and bought threepence worth of Kat River.
1989 V. Owen in Grocott’s Mail 20 Jan. 11We would..repair to the shop and buy..what we knew as ‘kartrief’, which is what the natives called Kat River tobacco, which we would then smoke in a homemade pipe of a cut off bamboo branch with a hole bored in.
1991 M. Pretorius in Weekend Post 9 Feb. (Leisure) 5Xhosa women..bought rolled tobacco which they chewed or ‘Katriva’ (Kat River) which they smoked in long-stemmed pipes.
2. combinations
Kat River disease Pathology, Kat River wilt (see below);
Kat River Levy in historical contexts, during the 19th century, a small auxiliary force composed of the Khoikhoi inhabitants of the Kat River area;
Kat River Settlement, a settlement of formerly landless Khoikhoi people, established in the vicinity of the Kat River, Balfour district, from 1829 until 1853 (when the land was redistributed to white settlers);
Kat River wilt Pathology, kromnek. Also attributive.
1957 K.M. Smith Textbk Plant Virus Diseases 572Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus...Synonyms: T.S.W. Virus; Kromnek or Kat River Disease Virus.
[1846Kat River Levy: J. Hare in Imp. Blue Bks Command Paper 786–1847, 114Captain Sutton to leave Eland’s post with the Kat river people, proceeding via the Chumie post to Blockdrift, to take post in the seminary.]
1871 J. McKay Reminisc. 81It would appear that the Hottentot Levies — for we had such auxiliaries..— who were termed the ‘Kat-river Levy’, were composed of a few hundred men.
1871 J. McKay Reminisc. 82The Kat-river Levy was a broken body of Bastards and Hottentots.
1835 J. Weir in J. Green Kat River Settlement in 1851 (1853) 64He had told Hintza and the Tambookies that, if they came into the Colony, they must come below the Chumie Station, meaning that they were not to come through the Kat River Settlement.
1846 H. Pottinger in Kat River Settlement in 1851 (1853) 34On my arrival in Graham’s Town..it was reported to me..that the Burghers of the Kat River Settlement were in a state of great insubordination.
1853 J. Green Kat River Settlement in 1851 p.viiI became a resident of the Kat River Settlement in Nov., 1849, and remained at Balfour till the 22nd January, 1850.
1932 Grocott’s Mail 2 Apr. 4‘Kromnek’ or Kat River Wilt of tobacco is a disease which is not known to occur anywhere in the world outside the Cape Province.
1933 E.S. Moore in Sci. Bulletin Dept of Agric. No.123, 1The disease known locally as ‘Kromnek’ or ‘Kat River Wilt’ is by far the most serious of the diseases of tobacco in the Stockenström division.
a cheap pipe tobacco.

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