kapok bird [translation of South African Dutch kapokvoël], a tiny bird, Anthroscopus minutus, which builds nests of down-like materials; kapokvoël;
kapokblom/-blɔm/ [Afrikaans, blom flower], the plant Lanaria lanata, which has fine woolly hairs covering its stem and inflorescence;
kapokboom/-buəm/ [Afrikaans, boom tree] the large tree Ceiba pentandra, or any tree bearing the white, woolly hairs known as ‘kapok’;
kapokbos/-bɔs/ [Afrikaans, bos bush], the shrub Eriocephalus; also kapokbossie/-bɔsi/ [see -ie];
kapokvoël/-fʊəl/, /-fuəl/, formerly also kapokvogel [Afrikaans, voël bird], kapok bird; also kapokvoëltjie/-fʊəlki/, /-fuəlci/, formerly kapokvogeltje [see -ie].
1795C.R. Hopsontr. ofC.P. Thunberg’s Trav.I. 136The name of Kapock-bird was given to a very small bird, that forms its nest (which is as curious as it is beautiful, and is of the thickness of a coarse worsted stocking) from the down (pappus eriocephali) of the wild rosemary-tree (wilde rosmaryn).
1890A. MartinHome Life 252Even prettier and more wonderfully made is the nest of the Kapok bird, a little creature resembling a tom-tit. The material used in the construction of this small domicile is a kind of wild cotton, well named by the Boers Kapok (snow).
1972M.R. Levyns inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr.VI. 296Kapokblom..is one of the many plants encouraged to flower by veld-burning...Kapokblom is a name also applied to Eriospermum burchellii, better known as beesklou(tjie).
c1808C. von LinnéSystem of Nat. Hist.VIII. 429They (sc. the colonists) denominate all plants that bear a down capoc-boschje, capoc-boom, down-tree or down-shrub.
1966[see quot. at kapokbosbelow].
c1808kapokbos: [see quot. at kapokboomabove].
1948H.V. MortonIn Search of S. Afr. 257There is the Kapokbos, which in seed-time sheds soft, fluffy wool.
1966C.A. SmithCommon Names 278Kapokbossie, A name applied to all species of Eriocephalus on account of the white woolly-hairy involucres which first suggested to the early colonists the ‘kapok’ obtained from the fruit of the Kapokboom.
1983M. Du PlessisState of Fear 74Could smell the fynbos too—..kapokbos.
1984S. Afr. Panorama July 48Bits of woolly material from dry protea flowers and kapokbossies (Eriocephalus species).
1987M. PolandTrain to Doringbult 55At the edge of the culvert kapokbos flowered, the frosting of white down lying in drifts.
1988Le Roux & SchelpeNamaqualand: S. Afr. Wild Flower GuideI. 166Eriocephalus ericoides, Kapokbos...The fruits are covered with long white hairs. There are about 26 species of Eriocephalus in Southern Africa.
c1808C. von LinnéSystem of Nat. Hist.VIII. 429The African Warbler. The colonists at the Cape give the name of capoc-vogel, down-bird, to all birds who build their nests with the down of plants.
1822W.J. BurchellTrav.I. 214The Capoc vogel (cotton bird) so called on account of its curious bottle shaped nest, built of the cotton like down of certain plants; its manners and singing very much resemble those of the common wren: and a kind of finch, of a ferrugioneous brown colour, having a white collar and black head.
1883M.A. Carey-HobsonFarm in Karoo 235Do you see that tiny plain-looking bird? That is the ‘Kappock Vogel;’ it makes the cosiest nest that you can possibly imagine, and as white as the hoar frost, after which it is named.
1896J. Wood inScientific African Mar. 76Kapokvogel, the ingenious constructor of a wonderful nest.
1913D. FairbridgePiet of Italy 150A silence broken only by...the pee-eep of a kapok-vogel as he whirred through the bushes in his search for fragments of wool left by passing sheep on the wacht-een-beetje thorns.
1914W.C. ScullyLodges in Wilderness 22The ‘kapok vogeltje,’ no bigger than a wren, twittered at us from his seat of cunning on the outside of the simulated snowball which is his nest.
1923Haagner & IvySketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 131Those dainty little birds, called Kappoc-vogel (meaning cotton-wool bird) by the farmers, build a neatly woven nest of the downy seed of plants (in sheep districts wool is utilised).
[1933J. JutaLook Out for Ostriches 34One day on the flats I found the beautifully made nest of one of the tit family called Kapokvoël in Afrikaans.]
1936E.L. GillFirst Guide to S. Afr. Birds 39Penduline Tit, Minute Tit, kapokvoël...This tiny bird is found..over practically the whole country, but not as a rule in the moister districts.
1973Beeton & Dorner inEng. Usage in Sn Afr.Vol.4No.1, 73Kapokvöel,..(Anthoscopus minuta) alt: Cape penduline tit.
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