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boekenhout, noun

Forms:
bockenhout, boeken houttShow more Also bockenhout, boeken houtt, buchenhout, bucku-hout.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch beuke(boom) beech (tree) + linking phoneme -n- + hout wood.
Any of several trees resembling the European beech, especially the Cape beech Rapanea melanophloeos of the Myrsinaceae, and Faurea saligna of the Proteaceae; the wood of these trees; beukenhout. Also attributive. See also Cape beech (Cape sense 2 a).
1790 tr. of F. Le Vaillant’s Trav. II. 241The indolence of the planters suffered it to decay entirely, so that at present it is considered as a lost species. This tree, at the Cape, is named boeken houtt.
1991 H. Hutchings in Weekend Post 23 Feb. (Leisure) 7Useful trees for background, windbreak or shade planting are Rapanea melanophloeos (boekenhout) and Sideroxylon inerme (milkwood).
Any of several trees resembling the European beech, especially the Cape beech Rapanea melanophloeos of the Myrsinaceae, and Faurea saligna of the Proteaceae; the wood of these trees; beukenhout. Also attributive.

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