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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.
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.
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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