hardekool, noun

Forms:
haardekool, hardekohlShow more Also haardekool, hardekohl, hartekoal.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, combining form of hard hard + kool coal, charcoal, ember.
The tree Combretum imberbe of the Combretaceae, known for its hard, long-burning wood (occasionally in full hardekool tree); the wood of this tree; Damara(’s) mother (tree), see Damara; leadwood. Also attributive.
1881 E.E. Frewer tr. of E. Holub’s Seven Yrs in S. Afr. II. 63I had not reached the hardekool-tree before I heard a low whistle from Theunissen.
1976 S. Afr. Panorama Feb. 35Meat..grilled over burning maize cobs (Orange Free State and the Transvaal Highveld), wingerd stompies (vine cuttings — the Cape Province), cow dung, hardekool wood or pine cones (the Transvaal bushveld) or just plain charcoal.
The tree Combretum imberbe of the Combretaceae, known for its hard, long-burning wood (occasionally in full hardekool tree); the wood of this tree; Damara(’s) mother (tree), see Damara; leadwood. Also attributive.

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