Word of the day: Naartjie

Say it: naa-rt-jie

Function: Noun

Definition: Refers to a citrus fruit that is grown in South Africa. The name can also be spelled with only one “a”, “nartjie”. It is sometimes described as soft citrus. The word itself is Afrikaans, and the fruit existed as far back as 1790. Small and round, it most resembles tangerines or mandarins in both appearance and flavor.

Etymology: Afrikaans

Synonyms: Citrus, Fruit

Example:There are different types of citrus fruits, besides the common orange and lemon.Clementine – sweet and may also commonly be known as a naartjie in South Africa.

 

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