jaffa

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Etymology[edit]

From Jaffa, an ancient port city in Israel from which the oranges were exported. The sense "impotent male" is a reference to being "seedless"; see seed. The cricketing sense, of a 'sweet ball' (from the bowler's perspective), is a metaphor further reinforced in Australian English where Jaffa is also a trademark for a popular lolly that is red and round.

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Noun[edit]

jaffa (plural jaffas)

  1. A type of sweet orange, normally seedless.
  2. (slang) An impotent or infertile male.
  3. (cricket) A ball that is very difficult for the batsman to hit because it moves erratically either through the air or off the pitch

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