gonna, noun3

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Also goonah.
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Afrikaans, KhoikhoiShow more Afrikaans, from Khoikhoi.
Any of several small shrubs of the Thymelaeaceae, including species of Gnidia, Passerina, and Struthiola. Occasionally with distinguishing epithet, as Outeniqua gonna (P. falcifolia). Also attributive, and combination gonnabos /-bɔs/ [Afrikaans, bos bush].
1913 A. Glossop Barnes’s S. Afr. Hsehold Guide 238A splendid gargle..is prepared from the ‘Goonah’ plant, which trails wild along the ground freely in country parts.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 232Gonna, A collective name, used by the Hottentots for several species of Thymeleaceae.
1983 M.M. Kidd Cape Peninsula 194Passerina vulgaris. Thymelaeceae. Gonnabos. Shrub; 1–3,5m; very common;..flowers vary from yellow to dull red.
1987 T.F.J. Van Rensburg Intro. to Fynbos 16The Outeniqua gonna (Passerina falcifolia) with its rope-like, drooping branches and small leaves,..[is] often found along streams.
Any of several small shrubs of the Thymelaeaceae, including species of Gnidia, Passerina, and Struthiola. Occasionally with distinguishing epithet, as Outeniqua gonna (P. falcifolia). Also attributive, and combinationgonnabos-bɔs, bos bush.

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