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.
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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