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From Afrikaans, possibly from Portuguese bredo.[1][2] Alternatively, perhaps from Malagasy.[3][4]


bredie (plural bredies)

  1. (South Africa) A thick stew of meat and vegetables.


  1. ^ Hildegard Schnell, English in South Africa (2010)
  2. ^ Rajend Mesthrie, Language in South Africa (2002)
  3. ^ Christiaan Louis Leipoldt, Leipoldt's Cellar and Kitchen (2005), page 1: I have long since given up the task of trying to identify the precise etymology of our Afrikaans word bredie. [] Professor Bosman tells me that the word bredie probably comes from Malagasy - one of the few Malagasy words we have.
  4. ^ Eric Rosenthal, Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa (1973), volume 2, page 77: Bredie. Malay dish of meat and vegetables hashed together. Name comes from Madagascar. It was originally written Breedi.