klapper, noun1

Forms:
Also clapper, klopper.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African Dutch, MalayShow more Afrikaans, earlier South African Dutch, adaptation of Malay kelapa coconut.
1. [Named for the similarity between the fruit casing and the shell of a coconut; or (see quotation 1917) influenced by Afrikaans klapper rattler, see klapper noun2.] Either of two small trees, Strychnos pungens or S. spinosa of the Loganiaceae, bearing hard-shelled edible fruit; this fruit; monkey orange sense 1; also (especially formerly) called wild orange (see wild sense a). Also attributive.
1863 W.C. Baldwin Afr. Hunting 199We had a capital lunch from some wild fruit about three times the size of an orange, called a clapper. It has a hard shell outside, which one must batter against a tree to crack or break.
1868 W.R. Thomson Poems, Essays & Sketches 113‘O! What was that?’ ‘A klapper fell.’ ‘Does that Give the poor klapper pain?’ ‘I think not, love; They say that fruits and stones want feeling.’
1917 R. Marloth Dict. of Common Names of Plants 49Klappers,..Name..applied to some species of Strychnos, e.g., S. pungens (wild orange), as the seeds rattle in the old fruits.
1921 T.R. Sim Native Timbers of S. Afr. 120Strychnos pungens,..Klopper, Wild orange.
1932 Watt & Breyer-Brandwijk Medicinal & Poisonous Plants 140The pulp of the fruit of Strychnos pungens solered., Wild orange, Kaffir orange, Klapper..Strychnos spinosa ham. (Brehmia spinosa Harv.), Kaffir orange, Klapper..and Strychnos gerrardi N.E. Br..is very refreshing.
1958 R.E. Lighton Out of Strong 59The thorn-tipped leaves of the tart-tasting klapper and the wild plum, the powdery leaves of the wild pear.
1966 E. Palmer Plains of Camdeboo 177The spekboom, the wild plum and the klapper, now bright with colour.
1971 E.C.G. Marais tr. of E.N. Marais’s My Friends the Baboons 29Wild peaches, sour klappers..medlers, moepels, and various other kinds of fruit made our wilderness a veritable orchard.
1972 Palmer & Pitman Trees of Sn Afr. 1857The monkey orange, or klapper as it is often known..is an evergreen tree.
1993 S. Brink in House & Leisure Dec. 59My ever-inventive mother decorated a wonderful tree with gold-painted klappers (a hardy subtropical fruit the size of a tennis ball) and blood-red pomegranates.
2.
a. The coconut. Also attributive.
1891 H.J. Duckitt Hilda’s ‘Where Is It?’ 238Tart (Cocoa-nut). (‘Klapper-Taart.’ From a very old Dutch Book.)
1925 H.J. Mandelbrote tr. of O.F. Mentzel’s Descr. of Cape of G.H. II. 132The klapper ’nut is much larger in size than the average ostrich-egg...The rind is hard as wood...While the fruit is still immature it is filled with a milky fluid which oozes out immediately the shell is pierced.
b. combinations
klapper oil, klapperolie /ˈklapərˌuəli/ [Afrikaans, olie oil], coconut oil;
klappertert /-tɛrt/, formerly also klappertaart, and diminutive form klappertertjie /-tɛrki/ [Afrikaans, tert from Dutch taart (+ -ie)], a traditional sweet tart filled with coconut .
1920 R. Juta Tavern 104Sis! man! I hate the smell of a Malay girl’s hair; klapper oil — foulest smell on earth.
1979 Weekend Post 10 Mar. (Family Post) 6Malay women in their bright coloured clothes, men with their red fezzes and girls with their long black hair made soft and shiny with the popular ‘klapperolie’ (coconut oil), made a striking contrast with the sombre surroundings.
a1905 H.J. Duckitt in M. Kuttel Hildegonda Duckitt’s Bk of Recipes (1966) 133Tart, Cocoanut, Klapper-tert. From a very old Dutch book.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 263Klapper taart,..A tart, the contents of which are chiefly coco-nut.
1939 S. Cloete Watch for Dawn 284She thought of geel rys, of klapper tert.
1973 Cape Times 13 Jan. (Weekend Mag.) 4The baskets of food contained two traditional New Year items to relish — curried pickle fish and Klappertert (coconut tart).
1979 Sunday Times 8 Apr. (Mag. Sect.) 5The list of goodies to be made includes klappertertjies, jamtertjies, krapkoekies.
1988 F. Williams Cape Malay Cookbk 95The ladies sample a colourful assortment of cakes, biscuits, melktert and klappertert.
Either of two small trees, Strychnos pungens or S. spinosa of the Loganiaceae, bearing hard-shelled edible fruit; this fruit; monkey orange1; also (especially formerly) called wild orangewilda. Also attributive.
The coconut. Also attributive.
, a traditional sweet tart filled with coconut

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