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makatane, noun

Forms:
mackatan, makataanShow more Also mackatan, makataan, makatan, makatani, mangatan.
Plurals:
usually unchanged; occasionally makatanes.
Origin:
SeTswanaShow more SeTswana, plural form of lekatane tsamma melon. For notes on singular and plural forms, see le- and ma- prefix2.
obs.
tsamma; frequently plural.
1833 J. Archbell in A. Steedman Wanderings (1835) II. 35The houses had in them the furniture and utensils usual to the country, and a few melons (makatani).
c1936 S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 528Explorers during part of the year have to rely for drink upon the fruit of the Tsama, a species of melon..also known by the name of Makatan.
tsamma; frequently plural.

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