kalossie, noun

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Formerly also kalotje.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, adaptation of kalotjie (earlier kalotje) skull-cap, see quotation 1966.
ixia.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 246Kalotjes, Ixias — the popular name of these pretty wild flowers.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 271Kalossie (kalotje), A general name for several species of Ixia and Lachenalia...The vernacular name, which is derived from ‘Kalotje’, was originally applied to only a section of the Ixiae, the flowers of which with their narrow tube and bowl-shaped perianth suggest an olden day type of skull-cap.., as also the head dress worn by the Cape Malays.
1972 [see ixia].
ixia.
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