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gifbol, noun

Forms:
gift-bol, giftbollShow more Also gift-bol, giftboll, gyfbol.
Plurals:
gifbolle.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier South African Dutch giftbol), gif poison + bol bulb.
Any of several species of plant of the family Amaryllidaceae with highly toxic bulbs and leaves, especially Boophone disticha (see sore-eye flower sense b); occasionally, the poison derived from this plant. See also slangkop.
[1776 F. Masson in Phil. Trans. of Royal Soc. LXVI. 277A large bulbous root, growing on dry precipices, which the Dutch call vergift-boll, poison bulb; the juice of which, they say, the Hottentots use as an ingredient to poison their arrows. We found it to be a species of amaryllis.]
1974 J.M. Coetzee Dusklands 99I cut myself a willow bow and with arrows tipped in giftbol spent the mornings lying in wait for animals coming to drink.
Any of several species of plant of the family Amaryllidaceae with highly toxic bulbs and leaves, especially Boophone distichasore-eye flowerb; occasionally, the poison derived from this plant.

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