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mobola, noun

Forms:
Also mobela.
Origin:
seTswana, Ndebele, VendaShow more Present in various forms in the Sintu (Bantu) languages, as seTswana mola, Ndebele mbola, Venda muvhula, etc.
In full mobola plum:a. Either of two species of tree of the Chrysobalanaceae, Parinari curatellifolia or P. capensis; hissing tree. b. The edible fruit of this tree. In both senses also called grysappel. Also attributive.
1857 D. Livingstone Missionary Trav. 237A much better fruit, called mobela, was also presented to us. This bears, around a pretty large stone, as much of the fleshy part as the common date.
1989 J. du P. Bothma Game Ranch Management 26The high-lying western parts of the Transvaal Lowveld have a higher rainfall and trees such as Pterocarpus angolensis (wild teak) and Parinari curatellifolia (mobola plum)..are fairly common.
Either of two species of tree of the Chrysobalanaceae, Parinari curatellifolia or P. capensis; hissing tree.
The edible fruit of this tree. In both senses also called grysappel. Also attributive.

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