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bread tree, noun phrase

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South African DutchShow more Translation of South African Dutch broodboom, see broodboom.
Any of several species of cycad of the genus Encephalartos of the Zamiaceae, especially E. altensteinii and E. longifolius; breadfruit; bread palm; broodboom; Hottentot(’s) bread sense (a), see Hottentot noun sense 6 a. See also Modjadji sense 3.
1786 G. Forster tr. of A. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H. I. 347On a height near the uppermost farm on Zeekoe-rivier grew the bread-tree (brood-boom) of the Hottentots, discovered by Professor Thunberg, and of which he has given a description and drawing by the name of the Cycas Caffra.
1990 R. Stengel January Sun 11The cycad is known as the..bread tree in English. The plant’s pith yields a starch that was used to make bread by de la Rey’s ancestors, the Boers, the country’s first white settlers.
Any of several species of cycad of the genus Encephalartos of the Zamiaceae, especially E. altensteinii and E. longifolius; breadfruit; bread palm; broodboom; Hottentot(’s) bread sense (a), see Hottentotnoun6 a.

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