One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tobacco grown in the Magaliesberg area of the North-West Province in South Africa, used originally as pipe tobacco but subsequently also in the manufacture of cigarettes.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in John Guille Millais (1865–1931). From Afrikaans Magaliesberg, the name of mountain range and village from Magalie (Tswana Mmamogale), the name of a local African leader of the mid 19th cent.) + possessive -s + berg berg.
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