South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch spek fat, bacon + vreter eater; see quotation 1867.
The familiar chat Ceromela familiaris of the Turdidae; also called dagbreker.
1867E.L. LayardBirds of S. Afr. 107Speckvreter of Colonists. A pair or two frequent every farm-house in the colony, and are accused of picking the grease out of the cart-wheels; hence their colonial name. Dr. A. Smith, in Zool. of S. A., says it differs from Le Vaillant’s bird.
1908Haagner & IvySketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 19The Familiar Chat (S. familiaris), the Spekvreter (Bacon-eater) of the Boers,..is fairly well distributed throughout South Africa.
1937M. AlstonWanderings 145A familiar chat had built its nest...In Rhodesia it is known as the ‘house-bird’...The Dutch call it the speck-vreter (fat-eater) because it has often been seen eating the grease from wagon wheels.
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