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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Examples from the Web for dagga
Sugden, however, thought it a most unusual spectacle and would have taken a whiff of the dagga himself if he had been urged.
Dagga weed was Sugden's most interesting discovery up to that time and it whetted his appetite.
- Southern African informal a local name for marijuana
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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