moretlwa, noun

Forms:
Also moretloa.
Origin:
seTswana
The rigid, bushy shrub or small tree Grewia flava of the Tiliaceae, bearing edible red-brown, stoney drupes with a sweet pulp which is fermented to make beer, distilled for brandy, and ground to make porridge; brandewynbos, see brandewyn sense 2; brandy bush; rosyntjiebos sense (a), see rosyntjie sense 2; wild plum sense (f), see wild sense a. Also attributive.
1857 D. Livingstone Missionary Trav. 112The soil consists of yellow sand and tall coarse grasses growing among berry-yielding bushes, named moretloa (Grewia flava), and motatla.
1871 J. Mackenzie Ten Yrs N. of Orange River 70The berries of the moretlwa bushes are also very welcome when their season comes round.
1871 J. Mackenzie Ten Yrs N. of Orange River 103The little bushes of the Karroo had given place..to an extensive belt of country covered with the larger moretlwa and mohatla bushes.
1988 Dederen & Short in Quagga No.20, 7The Kgatla Tswana mention the shady moretlwa (Grewia flava) as the favourite of their Skybird tladi.
The rigid, bushy shrub or small tree Grewia flava of the Tiliaceae, bearing edible red-brown, stoney drupes with a sweet pulp which is fermented to make beer, distilled for brandy, and ground to make porridge; brandewynbos, see brandewyn2; brandy bush; rosyntjiebos sense (a), see rosyntjie2; wild plum sense (f), see wilda. Also attributive.
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