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uintjie, noun

Forms:
ajuintje, ajuntjeShow more Also ajuintje, ajuntje, inchie, intje, oenkje, ointjie, uintje, untjie, uyentje, uyntie, uyntje, uyntjie.
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DutchShow more From Dutch ajuintje little onion.
1.
a. Any of numerous edible bulbs, especially the corms of certain plants of the Iridaceae, including species of Moraea (especially Moraea edulis), Gladiolus, and Babiana, and species of Aponogeton (of the Aponogetonaceae). Also attributive. See also gladiolus, tulp.
1786 G. Forster tr. of A. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H. I. 148Among these [bulbous plants] I now could number several different varieties of irises. The roots, or more properly the bulbs of these, it is common here to roast in the ashes and eat: they are called uynties, and have nearly the same taste with potatoes.
1975 W. Steenkamp Land of Thirst King 129Many shelves of that vast storehouse are filled with edible bulbs of one variety or another, all known by the generic name of ‘uintjie’.
b. comb. obs. uintjies-tyd, also (formerly) uyntjes-tijd, [Afrikaans, tyd from Dutch tijd time], the time when uintjies are in season.
[1786 G. Forster tr. of A. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H. I. 148The Hottentots..use the word uynties..for the reckoning of time; always beginning the new year, whenever the uynties push out of the ground, and marking their age and other events by the number of times in which, in a certain period, this vegetable has made its appearance.]
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 525Uyntjes-tyd, The time when these various roots were in season. How much these plants were esteemed and the large place they occupied in the domestic economy of the slaves and poorer classes, may be inferred from their making the uyntjes-tijd a point from to which to reckon.
2.
a. The sedge plant Cyperus rotundus of the Cyperaceae, which produces strings of very small bulbs. b. The onion weed Nothoscordum inodorum of the Liliaceae, a common garden weed.
1958 R.E. Lighton Out of Strong 78And our house, Johann? Shame! It will fall in. The black jacks, khaki weed and uintjies will choke our garden.
1993 Weekend Post 1 May (Leisure) 7Every now and then I get a call from a rather desperate reader asking how to get rid of onion weeds (uintjies).
Any of numerous edible bulbs, especially the corms of certain plants of the Iridaceae, including species of Moraea (especially Moraea edulis), Gladiolus, and Babiana, and species of Aponogeton (of the Aponogetonaceae). Also attributive.
the time when uintjies are in season.
The sedge plant Cyperus rotundus of the Cyperaceae, which produces strings of very small bulbs.
The onion weed Nothoscordum inodorum of the Liliaceae, a common garden weed.

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