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blommetjie, noun

Forms:
bloemetje, bloemmetjeShow more Formerly also bloemetje, bloemmetje, blommetje.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, blom (earlier Dutch bloem) flower + diminutive suffix -ie.
1. A small flower. Also attributive.
1904 Argus Christmas Annual 12 (Pettman)There was that wonderful valley of the lake with the bloemetjes and the scent-laden avond bloem.
1990 S.I. Ross Informant, GrahamstownThe buses are decorated with carvings and tassles and blommetjies and bells — you wouldn’t believe it.
2. Elliptical for waterblommetjie (sense a).
1981 S. Afr. Panorama Dec. 21The demand for blommetjies has shot up to such an extent that their natural habitat, the vleis or marshlands of the Cape, are being positively denuded.
A small flower. Also attributive.
Elliptical for waterblommetjie (sense a).

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