stinkkruid, noun

Forms:
Formerly also stink kruit, stinkkruyd.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, stink stink(ing) + kruid (medicinal) herb.
Any of several species of shrubby aromatic annual herb, especially Pentzia suffruticosa, used medicinally for a variety of ailments.
[1837 Ecklon & Zeyher Enumeratio Plantarum Africae 367Anthospermum spermacoceum...Olanta subsiceata olet ova putrida, quamobrem ab incolis, stinkkruyd, Poepgras denominatur.]
1896 R. Wallace Farming Indust. of Cape Col. 222Young birds are sometimes poisoned by eating ‘stink kruid,’ but old ones are more wary and avoid it.
1911 Farmer’s Weekly 18 Oct. 196When walking with the chicks, teach them to eat various kinds of herbs...Pretend you are an ostrich, by picking at the plant with your hand. Be careful not to swallow any, as some of these bushes do not taste nice! — ‘Stink-kruit’, for instance!
1933 Farming in S. Afr. 190Stinkkruid and a weedy species of ‘saltbush’ are of general occurrence.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 440Stinkkruid, Pentzia suffruticosa...A bushy aromatic annual herb..said to impart a bitter flavour to the milk of cows grazing on the plants. The vernacular name in all cases is an allusion to the marked scent of the bruised plant.
1981 S. Afr. Panorama Nov. 49Among the daisies are stinkkruid, gansogiebos, rapuisbos, hongerblom and the bitter gousblom.
Any of several species of shrubby aromatic annual herb, especially Pentzia suffruticosa, used medicinally for a variety of ailments.

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