patat, noun

Forms:
Also pattatta, petata.
Origin:
Afrikaans, Dutch, Spanish, PortugueseShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch pataat (adaptation of Spanish or Portuguese batata).
a. The sweet potato or yam, the tuberous root of Ipomoea batatas of the Convolvulaceae.
1846 J. Sutherland Memoir II. 557A despatch of the end of this year, refers almost exclusively to the improvement of the colony, in the growth of wine, indigo, olives, pattattas, &c.
1983 M. Van Biljon in Sunday Times 6 Mar. (Mag. Sect.) 16To serve, put snoek on a platter, patats in a bowl, korrelkonfyt in a jar...Just a smidgen of butter for the rest of your patat.
b. comb.
patat salf /-salf/ [Afrikaans, salf salve], a traditional Dutch remedy used in the treatment of skin infections. See also (old) Dutch medicine (Dutch adjective sense 2).
a1910 Lennon’s Dutch Medicine Handbk 22Patatsalf, An excellent ointment for veldsores or septic ulcers.
c. With qualifying word:
gestoofde patats, also stowepatats [Afrikaans gestoof, stowe stewed, from stoof to stew], sweet potatoes with sugar, cinnamon and butter, a traditional dish.
1977 Darling 16 Mar. 86Perhaps you’d like to try Mrs Malan of Paddagong’s recipe for Stowepatats.
1988 F. Williams Cape Malay Cookbk 68Gestoofde Patats. Stewed sweet potatoes with coconut brings back many childhood memories.
The sweet potato or yam, the tuberous root of Ipomoea batatas of the Convolvulaceae.
a traditional Dutch remedy used in the treatment of skin infections.
sweet potatoes with sugar, cinnamon and butter, a traditional dish

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