Lexicon
Tambookie Grass Thatching

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There was a distinction between the methods of thatching between the indigenous peoples and the Boers. The local custom was to use a coarser grass, known as tamboekie (tambookie or tambootie in Natal indicating that the word has roots elsewhere) which is spread out with seed heads downwards, and once the roof covered, tied down with bark string.

(Larrson & Larrson, 1984: 118),