Definition of naartjie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɑːtʃi/

noun (plural naartjies)

South African
A mandarin orange or tangerine.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • On Sunday I tried to shake the flu with naartjies and black tea, but to no avail.


Late 18th century: from Afrikaans, from Tamil nārattai 'citrus'.

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