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milk, noun

As in general English, but in the following Special Combination peculiar to South African English:
1. Denoting containers for milk:
milk-basket, basket;
milk-sack in historical contexts, also milk sac, a tightly-stitched bag of animal-hide used for the preparation of curdled milk (see maas sense 1); lekuka; also attributive.
1798 Lady A. Barnard S. Afr. Century Ago (1925) 212A milk-basket which I looked at with a covetous eye, in which the Kafirs carry their milk — which they weave so close with certain rushes that, after once using, the milk cannot get through.
1985 S. Afr. Panorama May 5Nokokwane, a musical bow with milk sac resonators which is extremely rare today.
2. Denoting plants which exude a milky sap when injured:
milk-bush [translation of Afrikaans melkbos, see melkbos], (a) obsolete, the tree Ficus cordata of the Moraceae; melkboom sense a; (b) any of several species of shrub of the genus Euphorbia (family Euphorbiaceae); see also melkbos sense 1 b, and naboom;
milkwood [translation of South African Dutch melkhout, see melkhout], in full milkwood tree, occasionally milk tree (also simply milk): any of several species of tree of the Sapotaceae, (a) frequently with distinguishing epithet, white milkwood: the usually low-growing shrub-like coastal and forest tree Sideroxylon inerme, bearing leathery, dark-green leaves, small creamy flowers, and round, purple-black fruit; jakkalsbessie sense b; melkboom sense b; melkbos sense 3 b; melkhout sense a; (b) frequently with distinguishing epithet, red milkwood: a tree of the species Mimusops caffra, M. obovata or M. zeyheri; see also melkhout sense b, waterboom sense 2; cf. moepel sense a.
1821 C.I. Latrobe Jrnl of Visit 133The milk-bush (ficus), a tree not unlike a Portugal laurel.
1991 [see boekenhout].

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