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haakdoring, noun

Forms:
haakdoorn, haake doornShow more Formerly also haakdoorn, haake doorn, haaken doorn.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier South African Dutch haakdoorn), haak hook + doring thorn.
1. Any of several species of thorn tree of the genus Acacia of the Fabaceae, especially A. mellifera subspecies detinens (see black thorn sense b); hackthorn; hook-thorn; swarthaak; also called wag-’n-bietjie. Also attributive.
1822 W.J. Burchell Trav. I. 320I halted..to gather a beautiful parasitic plant, growing on the branches of a Haakdoorn. I approached the thorny bush with caution.
1993 J. Thomas in House & Leisure Nov. 50The reality can be grim...Mosquito larvae jackknifing through your drinking water. Haakdorings and Puff adders.
2. obsolescent. The grapple-plant, Harpagophytum procumbens.
1864 T. Baines Explor. in S.-W. Afr. 147I noticed a large hooked seed of the creeping plant, sometimes called Haak-doorn, but more properly the Grappler; the Haak-doorn..being furnished..with small but very strong and sharp hooked thorns, arranged in pairs, and tearing the flesh most cruelly whenever it catches.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 240Haakdoring,..Harpagophytum procumbens.
Any of several species of thorn tree of the genus Acacia of the Fabaceae, especially A. mellifera subspecies detinensblack thornb; hackthorn; hook-thorn; swarthaak; also called wag-’n-bietjie. Also attributive.
The grapple-plant, Harpagophytum procumbens.

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