wateruintjie, noun

waater uyntie, waater uyntjeShow more Also waater uyntie, waater uyntje, water eeintje, water eintje, water euntjie, water uintje, water untjie, water uyentje, water-uyentjie, water uyntje.
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, water water + uintjie from Dutch ajuintje little onion.
a. waterblommetjie sense a. Also attributive.
1795 C.R. Hopson tr. of C.P. Thunberg’s Trav. I. 156The aponogeton distachyon (waater uynties, or water lilies) grew in many places, in shallow puddles of water, very plentifully, and from its white flowers that floated on the water, exhaled a most fragrant odour.
1809 J. Mackrill Diary. 62Aponogeton distachyon Heptandria Tetragynia, (Waater uynties or water Lilies).
1822 W.J. Burchell Trav. I. 51There grows a plant called Water-uyentjies, the root of which, when roasted, is much eaten by the slaves and Hottentots. The heads of the flowers, boiled, make a dish which may, in taste and appearance, be compared to spinach.
1856 L. Pappe in Cape of G.H. Almanac & Annual Register 341The root of this waterplant (Wateruintjies, water onions) when roasted is very palatable, and somewhat resembles the chestnut in taste. Its flowers which are highly scented, are eaten as spinage and used as pickles.
1868 W.H. Harvey Genera of S. Afr. Plants 386About 3 species, dispersed; A. distachyon (Water Uintjes) is the commonest.
1890 A.G. Hewitt Cape Cookery 30Almost any vegetable may be made into a Brédé. Pumpkin, water eeintjes, vet kousies, tomatoes, [etc.].
1894 R. Marloth in Trans. of S. Afr. Phil. Soc. p.lxxxAponogeton distachyon (‘water-uintjes’).
1910 R. Juta Cape Peninsula 115The Malays gather the flower, ‘water-eintje’, and curry it or stew it into a thick soup.
1947 L.G. Green Tavern of Seas 197Princess vlei is an oval basin..famous for the water-uintjies its banks produce when submerged in the winter...These wild vegetables of the veld, braised with fat and with wine and spices added, make one of the finest bredies.
1962 Bokmakierie June 2The nests were floating nests more or less anchored between the floating wateruintjie leaves. The nest material consisted of the stems of wateruintjies.
1971 Post 6 June (Home Post) 2She made her own..cake wateruintjie.
1981 S. Afr. Panorama Dec. 21He..refers to it as a wateruintjie (water onion), and gives a few recipes varying from bredie (stew) to soufflés.
b. combination
wateruintjie bredie /-ˌbriːdi/, /-ˌbrɪədi/ [Afrikaans, bredie see bredie], waterblommetjie bredie, see waterblommetjie sense b.
1950 [see waterblommetjie sense a].
1964 L.G. Green Old Men Say 122One could hardly expect to find a wateruintjie bredie at a State banquet.
1973 H. Beck in Farmer’s Weekly 25 Apr. 101A recipe which probably dates back to Hottentot times is wateruintjiebredie.
1978 Daily Dispatch 26 July 11Fair-goers can taste some of these traditional dishes, including wateruintjiebredie.
waterblommetjie sense a. Also attributive.
, waterblommetjie bredie, see waterblommetjie sense b.
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