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num-num, noun

Forms:
knum-knum, nam-namShow more Also knum-knum, nam-nam, noem-noem, noomnoom.
Plurals:
num-nums, or unchanged.
Origin:
Khoikhoi, SanShow more Khoikhoi !num-!num (cf. San !num berry).
Note:
C.A. Smith postulates that the name is ‘seemingly onomatopoeic, suggestive of the sound made when expressing pleasure at the taste of the fruits’ (Common Names of South African Plants, 1966, p.352).
Any of several spiny evergreen shrubs of the genus Carissa of the Apocynaceae, bearing fragrant white flowers, and fruits of various colours; the edible fruit of these shrubs. See also amatungulu.
1822 W.J. Burchell Trav. I. 192It (sc. the shrub) produces little bunches of small white flowers, which have both the form and the scent of the jasmine, and are succeeded by berries resembling those of the berberry. The Hottentots call this shrub ’Num’num (or Noomnoom, agreeably to English orthography), each syllable preceded by a guttural clap of the tongue.
1994 [see matingola].
Any of several spiny evergreen shrubs of the genus Carissa of the Apocynaceae, bearing fragrant white flowers, and fruits of various colours; the edible fruit of these shrubs.

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