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doringboom, noun

Forms:
α. dooren-boom, doorn-boomShow more dooren-boom, doorn-boom, dorn boom;
β. dooringboom, doringboom.
Also with initial capital.
Plurals:
doringbome /ˈduərəŋbuəmə/, doringboome /ˈduərəŋbuəmə/.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African Dutch, DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier South African Dutch doornboom), from Dutch doorn thorn (plural doren) + boom tree.
Any of several thorny trees, usually of the genus Acacia of the Fabaceae, especially A. karroo, which has long, conspicuous white spines; thorn; thorn-tree. See also eina tree (eina noun sense 2), sweet thorn.
α.
1786 G. Forster tr. of A. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H. I. 243At Duyvenhoeks-rivier we first saw the dorn boom, or tree called mimosa nilotica, which produces the gum arabic.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 150Doornboom, Acacia horrida. A widely distributed tree, covered with large white thorns, growing in large numbers along the banks of Karoo rivers, as well as in the open veld. Though generally spoken of as a mimosa, it is not a true mimosa.
β.
[1936 C. Birkby Thirstland Treks 67Dry rivers seam the way occasionally, lined with the acacia horrida, which the Afrikaner calls the doringboom.]
1988 G. Silber in Style July 31Here is a man who is equally at ease in the company of Oliver Tambo under a doringboom in Lusaka, as he is in the company of Magnus Malan around a campfire in a northern Transvaal hunting lodge.
Any of several thorny trees, usually of the genus Acacia of the Fabaceae, especially A. karroo, which has long, conspicuous white spines; thorn; thorn-tree.

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