maroela, maroolaShow more Also maroela, maroola, marulla, marullo, marulo, merula, meruley, meruli, morala, morula.
Afrikaans, Northern SothoShow more Adaptation of Afrikaans maroela, Northern Sotho morula (plural merula).
a.In full marula tree:the tree Sclerocarya birrea (subspecies caffra) of the Anacardiaceae found in the tropical and sub-tropical areas of central and southern Africa, having glossy, dark green foliage and edible, yellow, plum-like fruit (see sense 2). Also attributive.
1857D. LivingstoneMissionary Trav. 165Another tree, the ‘Morala’..has never been known to be touched by lightning.
1878P. GillmoreGreat Thirst Land 346A tree that I have noticed before, but paid little attention to, now becomes abundant — it is the meruley.
1907J.P. FitzpatrickJock of Bushveld 443It was there, lying between two rocks in the shade of a marula tree, that I got one of those chances to see game at close quarters of which most men only hear or dream.
1937B.H. DickeBush Speaks 136Kaffir beer was brought made of the marula fruit fermented with rapoko grain, a very potent beverage.
1940V. PohlBushveld Adventures 64There..was Mosillikaas, and his last words were, ‘We will wait for you, masters when the berries are falling from the marulo trees.’
1949J. MockfordGolden Land 143Here grow..sturdy, shady, marulas dropping yellow plums so sun-fermented that elephants, having feasted on them, stagger tipsily.
a1951H.C. Bosman inL. AbrahamsUnto Dust (1963) 171If the bark of the maroelas turned black before the polgras was in seed, we would know that it would be a long winter.
1951R. GriffithsGrey about Flame 164The three squatted round the pot of stodgy mealie-meal in the shade of a marula tree.
1976V. RosenbergSunflower 35There were marulas with their potent fruit.
1982S. Afr. Panorama Dec. 13Elephants are reputed to get intoxicated on ripe marula fruit — the ponderous beasts have been observed staggering drunkenly around marula trees.
1985H. Goosen inS. Afr. Panorama Feb.A utility tree in every sense is the marula, Scletocarya birrea subsp. caffra. Its golden fruit provides food and drink, its foliage is favoured cattle fodder. From the wood are fashioned bowls, spoons, other utensils and ornaments.
1991Style Apr. 102Did you know that the maroela can give you everything you need, from the bark to the fruit, and even the pips when roasted make delicious nuts?
1980Sunday Times 19 Oct. (Mag. Sect.) 5Marula beer, says pa, is not only potent, it’s lethal..‘but the fruit is delicious. I love it. It’s a smooth fruit, rather like a litchi, but the meat adheres more firmly to the pip.’
1985H. Goosen inS. Afr. Panorama Feb.The marula liqueur marketed by a South African distilling company is becoming increasingly popular.
1991Leisure Bks Catal. Apr.–JuneDo you know that you can use elderberries, violets, oranges, marulas and other fruits, as well as roses, spices, nuts and even leaves to make your own liqueurs?
the tree Sclerocarya birrea (subspecies caffra) of the Anacardiaceae found in the tropical and sub-tropical areas of central and southern Africa, having glossy, dark green foliage and edible, yellow, plum-like fruit (see 2). Also attributive.
The fruit of the marula tree, from which beer and other liquors are brewed. Also attributive, and combinationmarula beer.
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