monkey orange, noun phrase

1. klapper noun1 sense 1.
1953 B. Fuller Call Back Yesterday 110Kathleen recollects as a child going to the South Parade..to hunt for wild monkey-oranges and dates.
1972 I.C. Verdoorn in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. VII. 514Monkey Orange, Klapper. Botterklapper. (Strychnos pungens). This species of Strychnos, family Loganiaceae (or Strychnaceae), bears the characteristic fruits of several species in the genus, a globose berry, about the size of an orange, with a hard woody rind.
1990 Clinning & Fourie in Fauna & Flora No.47, 17Sharpe’s grysbok..have also been seen feeding on the opened fruit of monkey orange, Strychnos spp, discarded by either kudus or baboons.
1991 D.M. Moore Garden Earth 198Monkey oranges, from the tree Strychnos spinosa, are also a favorite fruit [of the indigenous people of the Kalahari Desert]. They..fall to the ground, where they turn orange as they ripen.
2. With distinguishing epithet denoting a particular species of Strychnos:
green monkey orange, S. spinosa;
spine-leaved monkey orange, S. pungens;
spineless monkey orange, S. madagascariensis.
1982 Fox & Norwood Young Food from Veld 259Loganiaceae, Strychnos spinosa Lam. Common names: English — green monkey orange.
1990 M. Oettle in Weekend Post 19 Jan. (Leisure) 735c: Strychnos pungens, spine-leaved monkey orange, lerutia...The ripe fruit is pungent, sour and not very tasty, but most refreshing. Unripe, it is poisonous.
1991 Philatelic Bulletin (No. 8075)Strychnos pungens Lerutla. Spine-leaved monkey orange...The unripe fruit and the seeds are poisonous. The Greek word strychnos means deadly and refers to the lethal chemical substance strychnine, present in many species.
1984 J. Onderstall Tvl Lowveld & Escarpment 148Loganiaceae, Strychnos Madagascariensis Spineless Monkey Orange, Botterklapper.
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