tsamma, noun

Forms:
sama, t’samaShow more Also sama, t’sama, tsama, tsame, tsamma, t’samma.
Origin:
NamaShow more Nama tsamas watermelon.
In full tsamma melon: the trailing plant Citrullus lanatus of the Cucurbitaceae; its round, fleshy melon; bitter apple sense 1; bitter-melon; bitter watermelon; (offensive) kaffir melon, — watermelon, see kaffir noun sense 2 e; karkoer; makatane; wild melon, — watermelon, see wild sense a.
Note:
The tsamma occurs mainly in the Kalahari desert, but also in Botswana, the Northern Transvaal, and the North West Province.
1886 G.A. Farini Through Kalahari DesertHere also we came across the first sama I had seen. This plant is invaluable to both man and beast on the desert. It is the ‘wild water melon,’..and serves both as food and drink for human beings as well as cattle and horses, its fleshy body contains a quantity of watery juice, and its seeds a considerable proportion of oil. It yields two crops in the year...The ripened fruit will lie for a year without decaying, provided there is not rain.
1992 Getaway Apr. 41The tsamma, 90 per cent of which consists of water, has thick walls which trap the moisture inside and last throughout the dry season.
the trailing plant Citrullus lanatus of the Cucurbitaceae; its round, fleshy melon; bitter apple1; bitter-melon; bitter watermelon; (offensive) kaffir melon, — watermelon, see kaffirnoun2 e; karkoer; makatane; wild melon, — watermelon, see wilda.

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