stellasie, noun

Forms:
Also stellassee, stellasi.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch stellage scaffolding, from stellen to place.
A framework or rack for drying meat, fish, fruit, or tobacco.
1882 S. Heckford Lady Trader in Tvl 145Parties of Kaffir girls used to come..to pull the fruit and spread it on things made of wood and reeds, called stellassees, that look something like stretchers.
1882 S. Heckford Lady Trader in Tvl 162Peculiar sort of yellow peach — a fruit unknown in England but common in Italy — had yet to be dried, and I was hard at work gathering it in, and spreading it on the stellassees.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 475Stellasi, (D. Stellage, a scaffolding, platform.) Low platforms, generally made of open reed-work, upon which fruit is dried: a somewhat similar arrangement for the protection of young tobacco plants is also known by the same name.
1951 L.G. Green Grow Lovely 92The fish are threaded through the eyes and hung in large bunches for a fortnight or more on a wooden framework or stellasie.
1955 L.G. Green Karoo 126Almost everyone in South Africa has tasted ostrich biltong...Mile after mile of this biltong may be seen drying on the frames and wires called stellasies near Oudtshoorn.
1960 J. Cope Tame Ox 175There were long wooden frames of fish-drying stellasies with the bunches of silver doppies and flecked yellow-tail and snoek out in the sun and salt.
1977 F.G. Butler Karoo Morning 45Nearby..Caspar Jafta was making ‘stellasies’ out of reeds — trays on which de-pipped peaches and apricots were spread to dry in the sun.
1985 A. Tredgold Bay between Mountains 131The old Muizenberg, of simple houses, trek nets, booths for pickling fish,..stellasies on which harders and other fish swung drying in the sun and wind had almost disappeared.
A framework or rack for drying meat, fish, fruit, or tobacco.
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