mapani, maponeShow more Also mapani, mapone, mopaane, mopané, mopanie, m’pani, mupani.
unchanged, or mopanis.
seTswana, VendaShow more seTswana mopane (Venda mupani).
1.In full mopani tree:a.a tree of the Eastern Transvaal and North-West Province, Colophospermum mopane of the Caesalpiniaceae, distinguished by rough, flaking bark, pale green flowers, and butterfly-shaped leaves formed of a pair of triangular leaflets joined at the base, which fold together in intense heat; turpentine tree.b.The hard, dark-red wood of this tree. Also attributive.
1857D. LivingstoneMissionary Trav. 91In some parts there are forests of mimosa and mopane.
1887A.A. Anderson25 Yrs in WaggonI. 229Many of the mapani-trees grow to a great size; the leaf has a sweet gummy sort of varnish, of which the elephants are very fond.
1896H.A. BrydenTales of S. Afr. 136A low growth of parched mopani trees..whose odd butterfly-like leaves, now shrivelled and scorched..bore eloquent testimony to the nature of this terrible ‘thirst-land.’
1937M. AlstonWanderings 159The eighteen mile drive..through the green and gold and copper-coloured mopani bush was a delight.
1946S. CloeteAfr. Portraits 87The country became more and more inhospitable as the mopani scrub gave way to rocks.
1949C. BullockRina 41Mupani veld, the most sodden in summer, is dry as a baked brick until the rains come.
1951T.V. BulpinLost Trails of Low Veld 266The hundred-mile long by fifty-mile wide stretch of flat mopani bush land lying between the Letaba River..in the south and the Great Limpopo River in the north.
1966C.A. SmithCommon Names 342The species (sc. Colophospermum mopane) grows socially in large numbers in the areas in which it occurs and has given the name ‘mopane veld’ to such areas.
1966C.A. SmithCommon Names 459East Coast fever is said to be unknown in Mopani veld.
1977S. StanderFlight from Hunter 159Gradually the landscape changed, from grass plain to the mopani scrub they had encountered in the north and then to belts of mopani forest.
1980E. Prov. Herald 1 Aug. 13Low rainfall produces short-lived flushes of sparse grass among mopane scrublands and jesse-bush thickets.
1988S. Afr. Panorama MayThe hunting-grounds vary from red Kalahari dunes in the north-west Cape to grassy plains in the Free State, mopani bushveld and savannah in the Transvaal lowveld and baobab country beyond the Soutpansberg in the far north.
mopani bee, any of several small, stingless bees of the genus Trigona (family Apidae);
mopani beetle, some unknown cicada;
mopani fly, see mopani bee;
mopani worm, the caterpillar of the emperor-moth Gonimbrasia belina of the Saturniidae, which feeds on the mopani tree and is used as food particularly by the Tswana peoples; bosveld garnaal, see bosveld sense 3; bushveld prawn, see bushveld sense 3; see also masonja.
[1857mopani bee: D. LivingstoneMissionary Trav. 614The bees were always found in the natural cavities of mopane-trees.]
1954S.H. SkaifeAfr. Insect Life 357The stingless bees, or Mopani bees, as they are often called, that are found in Africa, belong to the genus Trigona.
1988T.J. LindsayShadow (1990) 14Mupani bees..collected in worrisome clouds.
1972L. Van der PostStory like Wind 161At about ten in the morning..all the billions of mopani beetles, hidden behind the butterfly leaves of the trees, began to sing their Messiah to the day.
1972C. BritzInformant, NamibiaHoney from the mopane trees — made by mopane flies, which are like miniature bees — they don’t sting. They make small combs in the hollow mopane trees...It tastes different — not quite the same as bee’s honey, a wilder, sweeter taste.
1979Daily Dispatch 14 Mar. 9Reality here was clouds of dust, swarms of mopani flies and mosquitoes.
1974E. Prov. Herald 6 MayWhen we were in the bundu on a safari, everything was served with stywepap — even mopani worms.
1980S. Afr. Panorama July 32The dishes included grilled mopani worms in onions and tomato — as an accompanying dish — with stiff maize porridge.
1986Scholtz & HolmInsects 381The larvae of many of the large species of Saturniidae are favoured by African tribes as relishes, e.g. the mopane ‘worm’ Gonimbrasia belina.
1986C. O’TooleEncycl. of Insects 101The larva of the Mopane moth is..an attractive caterpillar with bright red, yellow and black markings on a white background...‘Mopane worms’ are often sold dried, and they have a rather nutty flavour.
1987J. QuestBurning River 67I’m so hungry I’d eat any number of mopani worms and lizards.
1990G. Mokae inFrontline Sept. 28We may partake of delicacies that seem odd to white eyes, like mopani worms and horse meat.
a tree of the Eastern Transvaal and North-West Province, Colophospermum mopane of the Caesalpiniaceae, distinguished by rough, flaking bark, pale green flowers, and butterfly-shaped leaves formed of a pair of triangular leaflets joined at the base, which fold together in intense heat; turpentine tree.
The hard, dark-red wood of this tree. Also attributive.
a bush- or veld-type characterized by large numbers of mopani trees.
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