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chincherinchee, noun

Forms:
α. tinterintie, tintirintie;
β. chinkerichee, chinkerincheeShow more chinkerichee, chinkerinchee, chinkering ching, tjienkerientjee;
γ. chincherinchee, chincher-and-ching.
Origin:
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.
α.
1793 tr. of C.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.
1809 J. Mackrill Diary. 61Tintirinties, species of Ornithogalum, so called, from the sound produced, by rubbing two stalks together, it has a white flower.
β.
1904 Cape 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.
1986 N. Charton Informant, GrahamstownThe white chinkerinchees are budding along the roads, and there are fields of yellow daisies.
γ.
1904 [see above].
1989 Your Gardening Questions Answered (Reader’s Digest Assoc.) 329Ornithogalum thyrsoides, (Chincherinchee) Indigenous, spring flowering bulb...Origin: South-western Cape.
Any of several bulbous plants of the genus Ornithogalum of the Liliaceae, especially O. thyrsoides, with showy, long-lasting flowers; chink.

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