Definition of tsamma in English:


(also tsamma melon)


South African
  • A watermelon, especially one growing wild in the desert.

    • ‘In the Kalahari, the fresh tsamma fruits are used as a stock feed in times of drought.’
    • ‘It is estimated that almost half the diet of lactating females consists of tsamma melons and gemsbok cucumbers.’
    • ‘But the most life-giving fruits of the Kalahari are the tsamma melon and gemsbok cucumber.’
    • ‘During the dry season, man and animal seek out tsamma melons and gemsbok cucumbers to provide them with water.’
    • ‘Moisture, for survival of the wildlife, comes from the tsamma melon and gemsbok cucumber.’


From Nama tsamas ‘watermelon’.