boerboom, noun

Forms:
Also boorbom, burbom.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more Contracted form of South African Dutch boerboon(boom) ‘farmer’s bean (tree)’: see boerboon.
boerboon. Also attributive, and occasionally with distinguishing epithet.
a1858 J. Goldswain Chron. (1946) I. 76As soon as the Cattle came up to a Burbom..Tree they Cattle returned back and..we saw that in this tree thear must be a Kaffer.
1868 T. Stubbs Reminiscences. 19A sort of huts were made under the flat topt Boorbom trees.
1972 S. Afr. Garden & Home Oct. 145Among these trees are..the thorny boerboom and the Kei apple tree.
1982 E. Prov. Herald 16 Sept. 11The vegetation in the park, mainly spekboom, sneezewood, karoo boerboom and guarri is a unique tangle of creepers and trees.
boerboon. Also attributive, and occasionally with distinguishing epithet.
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