hardepeer, noun

Formerly also hardpeer.
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier South African Dutch hardpeer), combining form of hard hard + peer pear.
hard pear sense a.
1801 J. Barrow Trav. I. 340Hard peer...Uses...Sometimes in waggons.
1874 Lindley & Moore Treasury of Botany (Suppl.)Olinia, The plant grows in rocky thickets and woods at the Cape, where it is known as Hardpeer.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 243Hardepeer (hard pear), Olinia capensis...The wood is very hard, very compact, tough and heavy, being suitable for making musical instruments and general fancy work...While this species is the original hardepeer of the early colonists, the vernacular name has been extended to other species of the genus.
hard peara.
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