One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mandarin orange or tangerine.
- ‘We also grow oranges and naartjies and rear ostrich.’
- ‘On Sunday I tried to shake the flu with naartjies and black tea, but to no avail.’
- ‘All in all, however, citrus covers the largest tonnage if you include oranges, grapefruit, lemons and smaller varietals such as naartjies.’
- ‘The practice of throwing naartjies at referees is not encouraged, however, and could get you thrown out of the ground.’
- ‘I wait, having taken more fruit juices and a couple of naartjies out of the car boot.’
Late 18th century: from Afrikaans, from Tamil nārattai ‘citrus’.
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