cram-cram

cram-cram

cram-cram
n. m.
d1./d Graminée spontanée au Sahel (Cenchrus biflorus), consommée cour. en Afrique avant 1000 av. J.-C.
d2./d (Afr. subsah.) Nom donné à diverses graminées dont les graines épineuses s'accrochent aux poils des animaux et aux vêtements; graine de ces plantes. Des cram-crams.

cram-cram [kʀamkʀam] n. m.
ÉTYM. 1926, cit.; orig. inconnue.
Graminée d'Afrique, dont les graines portent des piquants qui s'accrochent aux vêtements; ces graines.
0 Cette insupportable petite graminée, le « cram-cram », abonde dans les plaines de Fort-Archambault et dans toute la région du Tchad; mais sa graine (…) fournit une sorte de semoule de la qualité la plus fine, le krebs.
Gide, Voyage au Congo, in Souvenirs, Pl., p. 829 (note).

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