kremetart, noun

Forms:
kerrematata, kram-a-tatShow more Also kerrematata, kram-a-tat, krematart, krematat, krimmetart.
Origin:
Afrikaans, Dutch, Latin, EnglishShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch kremetart or krimmetart, apparently adaptation of cremortart, from Latin cremor tartari; or adaptation of English cream-of-tartar.
1. In full kremetartboom /-bʊəm/ [Afrikaans, boom tree]: the cream of tartar, Adansonia digitata. Also attributive.
1860 J. Sanderson in Jrnl of Royal Geog. Soc. XXX. 243The baobab, called by them the krematatboom, or cream-of-tartar tree, is abundant.
1931 H.C. Bosman Mafeking Rd (1969) 101In company she hardly ever talked, unless it was to say that the Indian shopkeeper..put roasted kremetart roots with the coffee he sold us.
c1936 S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 707The country to the north of the mountains is dotted with baobab, locally known as the ‘Kerrematata’ or ‘cream of tartar’ trees, so called from the acid powder with which the fruit is filled.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 311Kremetartboom,..The large pendulous fruits contain a pleasantly acidulous pulp which contains citric acid and which is often mixed with hot water to prepare a pleasant wholesome beverage.
1980 A.J. Blignaut Dead End Rd 21I had cut the forked stick from the kremetart for his first catapult.
1991 I. & F. De Moor Informants, GrahamstownCremetart tree — Baobab tree.
2. obsolete. The fruit of this tree; its acidic white pulp. Also attributive.
1868 J. Chapman Trav. II. 441In this capsule numerous kidney-shaped seeds are imbedded, between fibrous divisions, in a white, pulpy, acid substance, somewhat resembling cream of tartar in taste, and hence called by the Boers ‘kram-a-tat’.
1888 D.C.F. Moodie Hist. of Battles & Adventures II. 342With this meat we had to eat ‘krimmetart,’ a fruit resembling a cocoanut, but sour, and full of small pips.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 282Krimmetart, This word is a corruption of the English ‘cream of tartar,’ and is the name given by the Dutch to the fruit of the Baobab.
the cream of tartar, Adansonia digitata. Also attributive.
The fruit of this tree; its acidic white pulp. Also attributive.
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