One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of several plants introduced to or native to South Africa, especially the cruciferous weeds charlock, Sinapis arvensis and (in later use) wild radish, Raphanus raphanistrum.
Early 20th century. From Afrikaans ramenas from Dutch rammenas, ramenas a black variety of radish (early 18th cent.; earlier as rammelats, also rammelas) from Italian ramolaccio variety of radish from classical Latin armoracia (also armoracium) wild radish.
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