maranka, noun

Forms:
maraka, marakeShow more Also maraka, marake, marakka, maranki.
Origin:
PediShow more Adaptation of Pedi moraka the name of this plant (the fruit being called leraka).
The bottle gourd Lagenaria siceraria of the Cucurbitaceae; its fruit. Also attributive. See also calabash sense 2.
1934 C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 112Maranki,..A vegetable, indigenous to South Africa, resembling a squash and when prepared tasting very much like sweet potatoes.
1937 C.L. Leipoldt Bushveld Doctor 319I met him tilling his mealie lands, his little patches of sweet potatoes and marankas.
1951 S. van H. Tulleken Prac. Cookery Bk 183Stuffed Marakes. Peel marakes; cut a hole in the top and scrape the pips, etc., out.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 332Marakka,..see maranka, of which it is another version...Maranka, Lagenaria siceraria..used by natives as a vegetable and regarded by some Europeans as superior to vegetable marrow.
1982 S. Afr. Panorama May 39These traditional foods include maranka squash, sorghum beer and sour milk.
The bottle gourd Lagenaria siceraria of the Cucurbitaceae; its fruit. Also attributive.

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