blinkblaar, noun

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AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, blink shining, glossy + blaar leaf.
Any of several species of indigenous trees or shrubs with glossy leaves, especially Rhamnus prinoides of the Rhamnaceae.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 68Blinkblaar,..Rhamnus prinoides, a shrub with glossy, shining leaves.
1937 F.S. Laughton Sylviculture of Indigenous Forests 61Rhamnaceae. Rhamnus prinoides,..(Blinkblaar) is a shrub, sometimes 15 feet in height, which occurs occasionally throughout the forests.
1944 H.C. Bosman in L. Abrahams Cask of Jerepigo (1972) 157Then there was the bush...Swarthaak and blinkblaar and wag-’n-bietjie.
1951 N.L. King Tree-Planting 70Rhamnus prinoides (Blinkblaar), A widely dispersed shrub with shiny leaves, dark green above, paler below. Suitable for hedges. Grows almost anywhere except in the driest parts.
[1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 112Blinkblaar(boom), Several unrelated arboreous or arborescent species of which the leaves have a characteristic glossy or polished appearance.]
1970 M.R. Levyns in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. II. 364Blinkblaar(bos), The best-known bearer of this name is Rhamnus prinoides, a thornless shrub of the family Rhamnaceae, having shining, dark green, simple leaves.
1977 E. Palmer Field Guide to Trees of Sn Afr. 208Rhamnus,..A famous magic tree believed to have protective powers. Also known as blinkblaar (shiny leaf).
1990 Weekend Post 3 Mar. (Leisure) 7The darker greens which were used as fillers were Rhamnus prinoides (blinkblaar), an indigenous shrub which grows along river banks...The shiny leaves and lasting qualities of this plant have made it popular with florists.
Any of several species of indigenous trees or shrubs with glossy leaves, especially Rhamnus prinoides of the Rhamnaceae.

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