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sour fig, noun phrase

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Any of several species of succulent creeping plant of the genus Carpobrotus of the Aizoaceae, especially C. edulis, C. acinaciformis, and C. muirii, common on the coast and on sandy flats; the sour fruits of these plants, used for jams and preserves; suurvy. Also attributive. See also Hottentot(’s) fig (Hottentot noun sense 6 a).
1890 A.G. Hewitt Cape Cookery 67Sour Fig (Zuur Vijgen) Konfyt. Soak the figs in water till they peel easily.
1993 Flying Springbok Apr. 126An extraordinary range of wild veld plants and herbs, wild sour figs — and the Sandveld sugar pumpkin.
Any of several species of succulent creeping plant of the genus Carpobrotus of the Aizoaceae, especially C. edulis, C. acinaciformis, and C. muirii, common on the coast and on sandy flats; the sour fruits of these plants, used for jams and preserves; suurvy. Also attributive.

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