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tsamma Line breaks: tsamma
Pronunciation: /ˈtsamə/
(also tsamma melon)

Definition of tsamma in English:


South African
A watermelon, especially one growing wild in the desert.
Example sentences
  • During the dry season, man and animal seek out tsamma melons and gemsbok cucumbers to provide them with water.
  • But the most life-giving fruits of the Kalahari are the tsamma melon and gemsbok cucumber.
  • It is estimated that almost half the diet of lactating females consists of tsamma melons and gemsbok cucumbers.


From Nama tsamas 'watermelon'.

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