tassal, noun

Forms:
tasaal, tasalShow more Also tasaal, tasal, tassall, tassel.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African Dutch, PortugueseShow more Afrikaans tasal, earlier South African Dutch tasaal, adaptation of Portuguese tassalho a large slice or piece of food.
obs. except in historical contexts
a. biltong sense 1. b. Dried pickled meat; occasionally also combination, tassalvleis /-fleɪs/ [Afrikaans, vleis (earlier South African Dutch vleesch) meat]. In both senses also called tasseltjies.
[1826 A.G. Bain Jrnls (1949) 25Our first work this morning was to cut up the flesh of the two elands into what is called by the Dutch Tasaal Vleesch.]
1891 H.J. Duckitt Hilda’s ‘Where Is It?’ 246‘Tassal’ is an old-fashioned up-country way of curing meat in the open air popular with travellers.
a1905 H.J. Duckitt in M. Kuttel Hildegonda Duckitt’s Bk of Recipes (1966) 135Tassal...(Now known as biltong).
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 494Tassal, Meat cured and dried in the open air by an old-fashioned method adopted by hunters and travellers up country.
1945 N. Devitt People & Places 16Biltong, or, as the old Cape Dutch people called it, ‘tassal’.
1971 L.G. Green Taste of S.-Easter 90I believe Van Riebeeck’s pickled meat recipe tasaalvleis is still followed in the country.
1979 [see tasseltjies].
biltong1.
Dried pickled meat; occasionally also combination, tassalvleis-fleɪs, vleis (earlier vleesch) meat. In both senses also called tasseltjies.
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