hard pear, noun phrase

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South African DutchShow more Translation of South African Dutch hardpeer, see hardepeer.
Any of several species of tree: a. Any of several species of the genus Olinia of the Oliniaceae, especially O. ventosa; the wood or fruit of this tree; hardepeer. b. Pleurostylia capensis of the Celastraceae. c. Strychnos henningsii of the Loganiaceae. Occasionally with qualifying word designating a particular species, as mountain hard pear (Olinia emarginata).
1880 S.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 127In these kloofs grow..the Hard Pear (Olinia Capensis), [etc.].
1880 S.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 140Hard Pear is the fruit of the Olinia cymosa.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 207Hard Pear, (1) In Natal this name is given to Pleurostylia capensis. (2) In the Cape Colony it is applied to Strychnos Henningsii.
1951 N.L. King Tree-Planting 69Olinia emarginata (cymosa) (Hard Pear or Rooibessie), A nice umbrageous tree with pretty foliage.
1961 Palmer & Pitman Trees of S. Afr. 252The hard pear or rooibessie, Olinia cymosa, is found as a medium sized forest tree in the Knysna forests, as a many-branched, leafy, and often well-shaped tree in the open, and sometimes as a shrub on rocky hillsides.
1961 Palmer & Pitman Trees of S. Afr. 297Strychnos Henningsii. Hard pear,..This tree should not be confused with the ‘hard pear’ of the Knysna forests, which is Olinia cymosa, and which belongs to a different family.
1989 Conserva July 22Olinia emarginata Mountain hard pear.
Any of several species of the genus Olinia of the Oliniaceae, especially O. ventosa; the wood or fruit of this tree; hardepeer.
Pleurostylia capensis of the Celastraceae.
Strychnos henningsii of the Loganiaceae. Occasionally with qualifying word designating a particular species, as mountain hard pear (Olinia emarginata).

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