dubbeltjedoorn, noun

Forms:
Also dobbeltjiedoorn.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more South African Dutch, dubbeltje see dubbeltjie noun2 + doorn thorn.
dubbeltjie noun2 sense a. Also attributive.
1905 D. Hutcheon in Flint & Gilchrist Science in S. Afr. 347A small plant called the ‘Dubbeltje Doorn’ — Tribulus Terrestrus Lin. — which springs up luxuriantly after rain, the time when the disease (sc. geeldikkop) becomes most prevalent.
1911 Farmer’s Weekly 22 Mar. 11The disease ‘Geel-Dikkop’ of sheep is prevalent at the moment...It is..said to be due to eating the creeping plant called ‘dubbeltjedoorn’ after rains during the hot weather.
1912 E. London Dispatch 13 Sept. 7The ever-increasing spread of the ‘Dubbeltje Doorn’ weed.
1917 R. Marloth Dict. of Common Names of Plants 24Dubbeltje or -doorn,..Several S. A. plants, decumbent or trailing on the ground, the fruits provided with sharp spines.
c1929 Diseases & Pests Affecting Sheep & Goats (Cooper & Nephews) 86It has now been definitely proved by feeding experiments that the disease (sc. geeldikkop) is caused by eating the ‘dubbeltje doorn’ (tribulus terrestris) when in a wilted condition.
1979 T. Gutsche There Was a Man 301Hutcheon’s men had later identified it with the Dobbeltjiedoorn (little double-thorn) or Tribulus terrestris.
dubbeltjienouna. Also attributive.

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