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mebos, noun

Forms:
meebos, meerbosShow more Also meebos, meerbos, meibos, meiboss.
Origin:
South African Dutch, JapaneseShow more South African Dutch, probably adaptation of Japanese umeboshi plums pickled in salt and dried; but see quotation 1948.
a. A confection made from apricots soaked in brine, stoned, pulped, sugared, and sun-dried. b. Minced and sugared dried fruit, usually presented in the shape of a slab or roll; tameletjie sense 2. Also attributive. See also perskesmeer.
[1796 C.R. Hopson tr. of C.P. Thunberg’s Trav. III. 120I saw several kinds of fruit, the produce of this country (sc. Japan), either dried or preserved in yeast, in a mode which is, I fancy, only practiced at Japan and China. The fruit that was only dried, such as plums and the like, was called Mebos.]
1990 R. Gool Cape Town Coolie 44She..circulated bowls of kossiters, mebos, sourfigs and other sweetmeats.
A confection made from apricots soaked in brine, stoned, pulped, sugared, and sun-dried.
Minced and sugared dried fruit, usually presented in the shape of a slab or roll; tameletjie2. Also attributive.

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