South African Dutch, DutchShow more Englished form of South African Dutch tintirintie, tjienkerintjie, perhaps a blend of Dutch tjienken to produce a short ringing sound and uintjie bulb; see quotation 1924.
Any of several bulbous plants of the genus Ornithogalum of the Liliaceae, especially O. thyrsoides, with showy, long-lasting flowers; chink.See also viooltjie.
1793tr. ofC.P. Thunberg’s Trav.I. 153Tintirinties is a name given to a species of Ornithogalum, with a white flower, from the sound produced, when two stalks of it were rubbed against each other.
1809J. Mackrill Diary. 61Tintirinties, species of Ornithogalum, so called, from the sound produced, by rubbing two stalks together, it has a white flower.
1904Cape of G.H. Agric. Jrnl July 6 (Pettman)The Chinkerinchee, Chincher-and-ching, ‘Viooltjes’, as that beautiful white flowering bulb, the Ornithogalum thyrsoides, is variously called in South Africa, occurs over a wide area. The flower heads are now known to be a deadly poison when eaten by horses.
1973P.A. WhitneyBlue Fire 145A bunch of green chinkerichees for herself. She had loved these South African ‘chinks’ as a child with their green buds that climbed a long stalk and would open later into long-lasting white flowers.
1905D. Hutcheon inFlint & GilchristScience in S. Afr. 355‘Chincher-and Ching’ or ‘Chinkerinchee’...This well-known and popular flowering plant grows..in moist lands and vleis.
1910D. FairbridgeThat Which Hath Been (1913) 105Flowers bloomed everywhere in the warm sunshine..from the crimson kalkoentje to the pure white chincherinchees.
1924D. FairbridgeGardens of S. Afr. 124The local name — Chincherinchee (originally Chincher uintjie) is not American-Indian or Sesuto...It owes its origin to the noise made by the stems when they are rubbed together.
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