from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. South African Indian hemp used as a narcotic; cannabis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Indian hemp, Cannabis sativa indica, or a similar plant of the genus Leonotis.
  • n. Cement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a relatively nontoxic South African herb (Leonotis leonurus) smoked like tobacco.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In South Africa, Cannabis Indica, the Indian hemp, which is used by the natives as a narcotic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. relatively nontoxic South African herb smoked like tobacco


Afrikaans, from Khoikoin dachab.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Afrikaans, from Nama dachab. (Wiktionary)
From Shona (Wiktionary)


  • Cannabis plants that have more than 1,5 percent of the narcotic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are classified as dagga and are illegal in South Africa because of the potential for abuse.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • At that stage, the police supplied various drugs such as dagga, heroin and LSD to the project.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Growing 'dagga' (cannabis) is the sole means of livelihood for most peasant farmers in Kwazulu-Natal and the eastern Cape, the report says.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Bhudu said authorities at these sections informed prisoners that they would not strip prison privileges, but would instead conduct cell and body searches to remove unauthorised items such as dagga, alcohol and knives from prisoners.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The cleaning-up operation also comprised removing all illegal possessions, such as dagga and sharpened objects, from prison cells, he said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Prisoners rather switched to drugs such as dagga and Mandrax which were "fairly easily" available in prison.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • In various forms it has long been familiar throughout the world: in Africa as "dagga," in China as "ma," in Northern Europe as "hemp."

    Reefer Madness

  • The 'dagga' (steel drum) was rusty in places and there was a dent from transport but the smaller teak wood drum was in perfect condition and they both had the recommended goat hide skins. TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at

  • A Port Elizabeth judge heard Hilton describe how indigenous 'dagga' weed was given to her by local entrepreneurs - posing as night club bouncers. : Spoof News : Front Page

  • The hotel heiress was taken into police custody and held in a cell after watching the soccer World Cup match between Brazil and Holland in Port Elizabeth as undercover police officers said they had found local marijuana, known as "dagga," in her handbag.

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