evening flower, noun phrase

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South African Dutch, AfrikaansShow more Translation of South African Dutch avondbloem (later Afrikaans aandblom) evening flower.
aandblom.
[1731 G. Medley tr. of P. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H. II. 238The seven last Sorts (sc. Geranium Africanum spp.) afford, in the Night, a fragrant Smell...The Cape-Europeans call all the Sorts Night-Flowers.]
1855 E. Rutherford in J. Murray In Mid-Victorian Cape Town (1953) 105Those pretty little deep blue flowers, the yellow stars (Hypoxis), another blue flower like a forget me not, Evening flowers, night-scented Geraniums.
1925 M.R. Boyd in F.C. Slater Centenary Bk of S. Afr. Verse 24The evening flower exhales its sweet content and offers incense on the quiet air.
1970 M.R. Levyns in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. I. 1The name aandblom(metjie) — ‘evening flower’ — applies to most species of Hesperantha (family Iridaceae), but these two are most commonly so called.
1993 Programme, Rhodes University Chamber ChoirAandblom is ’n wit blom...Evening flower is a white flower.
aandblom.

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