bokhorinkie, noun

Forms:
Formerly also bokhoorntje.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, bok goat + horing horn + diminutive suffix -ie; see quotation 1966.
Any of several species of creeping plant of the Asclepiadaceae, some of which bear edible seedpods.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 75Bokhoorntjes,..Applied indiscriminately to the follicles of various Asclepiadaceae in the Riversdale District.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 155Bokhorinkie, Name applied to a few species, not from the shape of their fruits, but from the nature of their leaves...The leaves are spirally turned in their upper half in a manner suggestive of the horns of certain wild buck or the boergoat.
1975 W. Steenkamp Land of Thirst King 130There are two kinds of stapelia the old people used to eat, and others known to me only by their colloquial names: the ‘bokhorinkies’ (goat’s horns), the seedpods of a certain creeper, which are eaten while still green.
Any of several species of creeping plant of the Asclepiadaceae, some of which bear edible seedpods.
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