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kaffirboom, noun

Forms:
caffer-boom, caffir boomShow more Also caffer-boom, caffir boom, kaffir boem, and with initial capital.
Plurals:
kaffirbooms, kaffirbome /ˈkæfəbʊəmə/, and (formerly) kaffirboomen.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more South African Dutch kafferboom, kaffer see kaffir + boom tree; the explanation in quotation 1972 is probably folk etymology.
obsolescent, offensive
The coral tree Erythrina caffra of the Fabaceae, a tall, spreading, deciduous tree with bright scarlet flowers and seeds; its soft wood; boer-bean sense 1; corallodendron; also called lucky bean tree (see lucky bean sense 2 b). Also attributive.
Note:
As ‘kaffirboom’ is offensive to many, the general English name ‘coral tree’ is often preferred.
1824 T. Pringle Some Account of Eng. Settlers in Albany 8They pitched their tents under the shade of fragrant acacias, and groves of the gorgeous-blossomed caffer-boom.
1992 Weekend Post 31 Oct. 9Kaffir beer had been largely replaced by sorghum beer, kafferboom by coral tree, [etc.].
The coral tree Erythrina caffra of the Fabaceae, a tall, spreading, deciduous tree with bright scarlet flowers and seeds; its soft wood; boer-bean1; corallodendron; also called lucky bean treelucky bean2 b. Also attributive.

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