katdoring, noun

Forms:
Also katdoorn, katdorn.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier South African Dutch katdoorn), kat cat + doring thorn, alluding to the shape of the thorns.
Any of several species of plants with hooked thorns.
1. The cat-thorn (sense 2 a), Scutia myrtina.
1868 L. Pappe Florae Capensis 12Scutia Commersoni,..(Katdoorn)...Habit of growth usually shrubby, branches armed with hooked thorns.
1972 [see cat-thorn sense 2 a].
2. The cat-thorn (sense 3), Acacia caffra; the wood of this tree.
1868 J. Chapman Trav. I. 24The forest generally consists of various kinds of mimosas, acacia, and other thorny trees, such as the ‘wagt-een-beetje’ (wait-a-bit),..‘kat-doorn,’ &c.
1983 T. Baron in Frontline June 29The Umfolosi has more than its fair share of the various species that abound — they have the..wag-’n-bietjie,..katdoring,..just to name a few.
3. cat-thorn sense 1.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 254Kat doorn,..Asparagus retrofractus. The Wild asparagus is so called because its thorns are hooked like the claws of a cat.
Any of several species of plants with hooked thorns.
The cat-thorn (sense 2 a), Scutia myrtina.
The cat-thorn (sense 3), Acacia caffra; the wood of this tree.
cat-thorn1.

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