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 klappernoun2.]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.
1863W.C. BaldwinAfr. 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.
1925H.J. Mandelbrotetr. ofO.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.
1979Weekend 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.
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.
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