kanniedood, noun

Forms:
canne doet, kannidoodShow more Also canne doet, kannidood, kan-niet dood.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, kan can + nie not + dood dead (abbreviation of doodgaan to die).
1. Any of several succulents of the Liliaceae, especially Aloe grandidentata and A. variegata, and various species of Haworthia and Gasteria, which are exceptionally drought resistant and appear to live without sustenance. Also attributive.
1878 Trans. of S. Afr. Phil. Soc. I. i. 24 (Pettman)Here we find..several kinds of ‘air plants,’ Canne doets or aloes.
1897 Edmonds & Marloth Elementary Botany 125The so-called ‘Kanniet dood’ plants...Suspended in the air,..economize the water and food-materials originally contained in their leaves and stem so well, that they are able, not only to live a year or more, but also to produce flowers.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 249Kannidood,..The popular designation of several varieties of aloe, especiallyA. variegata; it refers to the striking way in which these plants will exist and flourish for a long time apparently without sustenance.
1970 G.W. Reynolds in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. I. 314A. variegata (kanniedood, partridge-breast aloe) occurs in the arid Karoo and has trifarious leaves. It is said that plants suspended by their roots will flower for two to three years before dying.
1974 H. Hall in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. X. 340The aloes, gasterias and haworthias belong here (sc. in the lily family), some of them popularly known as ‘kanniedood; (cannot die)’.
1974 S. Afr. Panorama June 39A rich variety of fauna and flora, ranging from colourful lizards, klipspringers..and a wealth of birds to drought-stricken ‘kanniedood’ (Haworthia).
1982 Flying Springbok Nov. 27Comiphora glaucens (Kanniedood)..a fat, stunted, twisted little plant, sprouting a dense tangle of twigs like roots growing upside-down, is hanging on for dear life.
2. figurative. Also attributive.
1970 E. Mundell Informant, Pearston (E. Cape)That lady has been sick for very long, but she is a real kanniedood.
1986 Sunday Times 7 Sept. 26Never say die. So the NRP is to soldier on. This kanniedood group — ‘party’ seems almost too grand a description — is undeterred by calamity at the polls.
Any of several succulents of the Liliaceae, especially Aloe grandidentata and A. variegata, and various species of Haworthia and Gasteria, which are exceptionally drought resistant and appear to live without sustenance. Also attributive.
Also attributive.
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