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[dag-uh] /ˈdæg ə/
noun, South African.
Origin of dagga
1670-75; < Afrikaans, first spelling da(c)cha, literally, hemp, originally a similar indigenous plant of the genus Leontis < Khoikhoi; compare Nama daxa-b Unabridged
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  • Sugden, however, thought it a most unusual spectacle and would have taken a whiff of the dagga himself if he had been urged.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • dagga weed was Sugden's most interesting discovery up to that time and it whetted his appetite.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
British Dictionary definitions for dagga


/ˈdaxə; ˈdɑːɡə/
(South African, informal) a local name for marijuana
Word Origin
C19: from Afrikaans, from Khoikhoi dagab
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Word Origin and History for dagga

"marijuana," 1660s, from Afrikaans, from Hottentot dachab "cannabis sativa smoked as a narcotic."

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