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dagga

[dag-uh]
noun South African.
  1. marijuana.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • 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

dagga

noun
  1. Southern African informal a local name for marijuana
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Word Origin

C19: from Afrikaans, from Khoikhoi dagab
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Word Origin and History for dagga

n.

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

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