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From Nama !naras (naras fruit), !narab (naras plant).

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naras

  1. (South Africa) A spiny shrub, Acanthosicyos horridus, growing in Namibia and the Kalahari Desert, or the melon-like fruit that it produces. [from 19th c.]
    • 1840, Barnabas Shaw, Memorials of South Africa, p. 185:
      The Bay people catch and eat fish after the ‘naras is out of season, and the carcases of whales killed by the crews of whaling ships, afford them savoury repasts […].
    • 1951, Austin Roberts, The Mammals of South Africa, p. xxix:
      in this river course also grows a remarkable plant, the Naras, which sends its roots deep […].

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