naartjie

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English[edit]

Naartjie
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Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Tamil நாரத்தை (nārattai, citron) through Afrikaans. Has been used in South Africa since 1790, but the first written recorded English use is by Lawrence Green in Tavern of the Seas, 1947.

Noun[edit]

naartjie

  1. (South Africa) Citrus reticulata, (mandarin, satsuma, tangerine); a soft, loose-skinned tangerine.

References[edit]

  • Jean Branford: A dictionary of South African English. Oxford 1978.
  • Google Language Tools.

Afrikaans[edit]

Noun[edit]

naartjie (plural naartjies, diminutive naartjietjie)

  1. (uncommon) Alternative spelling of nartjie.