perdevoetjie, noun

Forms:
Formerly also paardevoetje.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans perd (earlier Dutch paard), horse + voet foot + diminutive suffix -ie.
colloquial
Note:
‘The most easily recognized species is the Pear Limpet (Patella cochlea)..the shell of which is pear-shaped in outline, and has a dark horse-shoe-shaped mark inside.’ (K.H. Barnard, South African Shore-Life, 1954, p.33). The modern Afrikaans. name is perdepootjie (poot paw, animal foot).
The limpet Patella cochlea.
1919 M.M. Steyn Diary 2Should you yearn for ‘Paarde voetjes’ (limpets) to use for crayfish bait or delicious stews, you must go off to the ‘Kasteel’ and the surrounding rocks.
1958 L.G. Green S. Afr. Beachcomber 130Limpets, the perdevoetjies of the fishermen, make a good, safe dish provided you clean them properly.
1971 L.G. Green Taste of S.-Easter 189She has fish recipes..ranging from perdevoetjies (periwinkles) to braised crawfish.
1985 A. Tredgold Bay between Mountains 18The shell fish on which they (sc. strandlopers) feasted included perlemoen, alikreukels, mussels and perdevoetjies (limpets).
The limpet Patella cochlea.

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