gousblom, noun

Forms:
Formerly also goudsbloem, gousbloom.
Plurals:
gousblomme /ˈxəʊsblɔmə/.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, transferred use of Dutch goudsbloem marigold.
Any of several plant species of the Asteraceae with daisy-like flowers, especially those of the genera Arctotis and Gazania; also called botterblom. See also gazania.
1822 W.J. Burchell Trav. I. 229The term Goudsbloem, like too many of the colonial names, is applied gratuitously to various plants, fancied to have a resemblance to the Marygold. Different species of Arctotis have generally been pointed out to me for it, and sometimes a kind of Cotula.
1902 H.J. Duckitt Hilda’s Diary of Cape Hsekeeper 190In September the ground is literally carpeted with endless varieties of gazanias — local name, Gousbloom.
1915 D. Fairbridge Torch Bearer 36I went into a field behind the house, and I counted seventeen varieties without moving from one spot...‘Big orange stars. I have seen them in gardens in England –’ ‘Gousbloom – gazanias, I mean –.’
1940 M.G. Gilbert Informant, Cape Town 6 Aug. 3It is too lovely for words, with masses of ‘gousblom’ and various daisies.
1950 Cape Argus 5 Aug. 7Namaqualand’s most famous flower is the large, brilliant yellow gousblom...Smaller varieties of gousblom are seen in many colours. The arctotis, for example, is a more delicate flower.
1957 Cape Times 31 July 1Every piece of uncultivated ground splashed with orange, white and yellow of the gousblomme.
1971 Cape Times 28 Aug. 1The display of cinerarias, forget-me-nots, daisies, vygies, gousblomme and kalkoentjies would not be a mass of colour till mid-September.
1981 S. Afr. Panorama Nov. 49Over the next stony ridge you come upon a field of jubilant gousblomme (galardias).
1988 Lubke & La Cock Vegetation & Ecology of Kwaaihoek (pamphlet)The species found in this community in decreasing order of importance are: Gazania rigens var. uniflora (dune gazania, gousblom).
1989 Your Gardening Questions Answered (Reader’s Digest Assoc.) 322Arctotis, Indigenous, bushy annuals and spreading perennials...They produce large, daisy-like flowers in shades of red, orange, pink and white...Also known as gousblom.
Any of several plant species of the Asteraceae with daisy-like flowers, especially those of the genera Arctotis and Gazania; also called botterblom.

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