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dulfer's ham

  [ etym. uncertain, but cf. DHS duffer a person of no ability, a poor man having to savor his food with herbs instead of meat; cf. Gul. "lam' quawtuh lamb's quarter—an edible wild herb of which, like the tender leaves of the pokeberry, the Negroes are very fond, using it for boiling" (Gonzales 1922:309); dulfer's ham is also called the PORK or POKE BUSH ] n. a plant (Phytolacca icosandra ?) whose leaves are fried with onions to flavor dumplings. (Mayag.)

Tags: food, noun, plant

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Last update: 2011-02-20 21:53
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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