Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch kip, kipper chicken, hen.
a. In the language of children: a chicken.
1866E.L. PriceJrnls (1956) 224He alone feeds our fowls...He seeks his wee beker everywhere and runs to Monagen or whoever is at hand and says ‘Miri — beker! kepi’ & they never are hungry I am sure — our fowls...One day he took the beads to a man who brought [a fowl] & seeing the man give up the ‘kipi’ to him on the receipt of the beads, he is always busy at the bead box trying to get some.
1970M.E. TamlinInformant, Cape TownKiepie. Fowl, child’s name for it.
1975S. RobertsOutside Life’s Feast 53‘Let’s go and see the kiepies,’ said Ann. They..stood hand-in-hand looking at the shabby, self-important chickens that milled about gossiping and complaining in a tiny hok.
1966C.A. SmithCommon Names 290Kiepiebos, Sutherlandia frutescens; S. tomentosa.
1966C.A. SmithCommon Names 290Kiepmielie, Zea Mays,...A particular variety of which the grain is used as food for fowls (Afr.: kiepies), whence the vernacular name. The term ‘kiepie’ is derived from the Nederlands ‘kip’ (a fowl).
1973Beeton & Dorner inEng. Usage in Sn Afr.Vol.4No.2, 24Kiepiemielies,..means ‘chicken maize’, a variety of grain used as chicken food;..means ‘popcorn’.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 261Kip-kippies, A wild fuchsia-like flower is so called in Namaqualand.
1917R. MarlothDict. of Common Names of Plants 49Kipkippers (Kipkippies) meaning ‘chickens’. Gladiolus alatus (flowers); in other districts Nymania capensis (capsules). Also Sutherlandia frutescens (Kippie’bos).
1966C.A. SmithCommon Names 290Kiepkiepies, Nymania capensis..see kipkippers. The vernacular name is strictly applied to the fruits only.
1966C.A. SmithCommon Names 291Kipkippers (-kippies), A name applied by children to several plants, chiefly on account of their fruits...In the two species of Sutherlandia, the vernacular name has reference to the resemblance of the bright red flowers to the wattles of fowls (Neth.: kipper).
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