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.
1928 E.H.L. Schwarz Kalahari & its Native Races 19The motsweri, leadwood, or hardekohl is a fine tree that seems to prefer the dryer parts, for where there is a dense growth they become choked and die.
1944 C.R. Prance Under Blue Roof 91Timber has been destroyed at the rate of ten square miles a year, leaving sparse Hardekool giants in a wilderness of stumps, to testify that it was matchless open forest till Progress took it in hand to supply charcoal to the mines.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 243Hardekool,..Before the introduction of steel hoes the natives of Portuguese East Africa used the hard wood for making hoes.
1972 S. Afr. Garden & Home Oct. 34The birds are shown perched on the branches of a hardekool tree, which has an extremely tough wood and is often seen in the lowveld.
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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