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rosyntjie, noun

Forms:
reseintje, rosindjeShow more Also reseintje, rosindje, rosijnte, rozijntje, rozyntje.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch rozijn raisin + -ie.
1.
a. A raisin. b. Any of several small, raisin-like fruits, especially the fruit of plants of Grewia spp., or of Rhus lancea. See also kareebessie (karee noun2 sense 3), kruisbessie.
1844 J. Backhouse Narr. of Visit 548An old woman kindly refreshed us with sour milk, and gave the people plenty of Rozyjntjes, Little Raisins.
1987 B. Lau Namibia in Jonker Afrikaner’s Time 63To make brandy, a liquid was pressed from ‘reseintje’ berries (which had formerly been a staple foodstuff, being very nutritious).
2. combinations
rosyntjieboom /-bʊəm/ [Afrikaans, boom tree], the tree Rhus populifolia, having fruits which, when ripe, resemble raisins;
rosyntjiebos [Afrikaans, bos bush], or partial translation of rosyntjie bush (occasionally simply rosyntjie), either of two shrubs with raisin-like fruits (a) the moretlwa, Grewia flava, or (b) Rhus lancea (see karee noun2 sense 1 a i);
rosyntjiehout (also rosyntjiehoud) [South African Dutch, hout wood], rosyntjie tree, see rosyntjieboom.
1970 D. Van Zyl Informant, PostmasburgThe rosyntjieboom grows well in the Kalahari.
1870 R. Ridgill in A.M.L. Robinson Sel. Articles from Cape Monthly Mag. (1978) 34Most of its sacred hours were spent beneath the grateful shade of the thorn, willow, and rozyntje trees which border the river.
A raisin.
Any of several small, raisin-like fruits, especially the fruit of plants of Grewia spp., or of Rhus lancea.

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