1.In full moer wortel/-ˌvɔrt(ə)l/, /-ˌvɔːt(ə)l/ [South African Dutch, from Dutch moer + wortel root]: any of several plants whose roots are used as a yeast. a.The gli, Peucedanum gummiferum.b.karriemoer, see karrienoun3 sense 2.
1796C.R. Hopsontr. ofC.P. Thunberg’s Trav.II. 150Moor wortel is an umbelliferous plant, from the root of which and honey the Hottentots make, by fermentation, an intoxicating liquor.
1838J.E. AlexanderExped. into Int.I. 155The people..were..drinking honey beer, made with honey and water, mixed in a bambus, and fermented by means of a root called ‘mor,’ but which I only saw when ground.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 321Moer wortel,..The root of Anacampseros ustulata, E. Mey. employed in making ‘karree’ and ‘karree moer’.
1966C.A. SmithCommon Names 341Moerwortel(tjie), Glia gummifera..see Gli. The root..was formerly used by the Hottentots for making an intoxicating liquor (mead)...Occasionally Anacampseros..,..Euphorbia decussata..Orthanthera jasminiflora.
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