treksel, noun

Forms:
Also trexel.
Origin:
Dutch
obsolescent
A quantity of a commodity, as tea or coffee, from which a brew is prepared by infusion. See also trek verb sense 9.
1850 R.G.G. Cumming Hunter’s Life (1911) 120They are..great beggars, generally commencing by soliciting ‘trexels,’ a trexel being a pound of tea or coffee.
1853 Graham’s Town Jrnl 12 Mar. 3They..begged a treksel of coffee and went to their waggons.
1864 T. Baines Explor. in S.-W. Afr. 51I sent back ‘Treksels,’ which..means pounds (more or less) of tea, coffee, and sugar, done up in handkerchiefs, as a compliment to their chief.
1871 J. Mackenzie Ten Yrs N. of Orange River 63I have been often asked for a ‘soepje’ or dram by Griquas whose ‘places’ I was passing; and when my driver whispered that I was a missionary, nothing daunted, the beggar would then substitute the request for a ‘treksel’ or ‘single infusion’ of tea or coffee.
1877 Sel. Comm. Report on Mission to Damaraland p.xvJan Lambert said, if we but ask for a ‘treksel’ of coffee, you whites go back and complain of our ill treatment.
1945 N. Devitt People & Places 140We speak of a ‘treksel’ — a small dose or quantity of a substance capable of infusion.
A quantity of a commodity, as tea or coffee, from which a brew is prepared by infusion.
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