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agretjie, noun

Forms:
agrietjie, aigretjeShow more Also agrietjie, aigretje, aigrettje.
Origin:
Afrikaans, French, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from French aigrette ‘egret, tuft of plumes’ (probably via Dutch): see quotation 1966.
Any of several species of plant of the genus Tritonia of the Iridaceae which are characterized by feathery tufts of flowers, especially T. undulata.
1902 H.J. Duckitt in M. Kuttel Quadrilles & Konfyt (1954) 15Among them, the crimson gladioli, the proteas of all kinds, the aigrettje or little aigrette.
1970 M.R. Levyns in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. I. 221Agretjie,..A small but attractive plant of the family Iridaceae, widespread in the coastal strip of the Western Cape Province from Namaqualand southwards.
Any of several species of plant of the genus Tritonia of the Iridaceae which are characterized by feathery tufts of flowers, especially T. undulata.

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