cat-thorn, noun

Forms:
Also cat’s thorn.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more Translation of South African Dutch katdoorn, see katdoring.
Any of several plant species with hooked thorns. In all senses also called wag-’n-bietjie.
1. Any of several species of wild asparagus of the genus Protasparagus (family Liliaceae); katdoring sense 3.
1821 C.I. Latrobe Jrnl of Visit 141A table, covered with a white cloth, and decorated with festoons of cat’s-thorn and field-flowers.
1917 R. Marloth Dict. of Common Names of Plants 18Cat thorn, Asparagus stipulaceus of the drier regions. Forming an entangled mass full of sharp recurved spines.
1979 Sunday Times 15 July (Mag. Sect.) 5The root of the cat-thorn, a species of wild asparagus, is used against tuberculosis.
2. Either of two trees of the Rhamnaceae:
a. Scutia myrtina; droog-my-keel sense 2; katdoring sense 1.
1972 Palmer & Pitman Trees of Sn Afr. II. 1401Scutia myrtina,..The specific name means ‘myrtle-like’. The common names ‘cat-thorn’ and ‘katdoring’ refer to the sharp, hooked thorns.
1982 Fox & Norwood Young Food from Veld 314Scutia myrtina,..Common names: English — cat thorn, dry throat.
1987 F. Von Breitenbach Nat. List of Indigenous Trees 123Scutia myrtina,..Cat-thorn.
b. Less commonly, the buffalo thorn (see buffalo sense 2), Ziziphus mucronata subspecies mucronata.
1987 F. Von Breitenbach Nat. List of Indigenous Trees 122Ziziphus mucronata,..Buffalo-thorn, Cat-thorn, Bogwood.
3. The tree Acacia caffra of the Fabaceae; katdoring sense 2.
1982 Fox & Norwood Young Food from Veld 199Acacia caffra,..Common names: English — cat thorn, common hook thorn, kaffir thorn, water thorn.
Any of several plant species with hooked thorns.
Any of several species of wild asparagus of the genus Protasparagus (family Liliaceae); katdoring3.
Scutia myrtina; droog-my-keel2; katdoring1.
Less commonly, the buffalo thornbuffalo2, Ziziphus mucronata subspecies mucronata.
The tree Acacia caffra of the Fabaceae; katdoring2.
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