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kershout, noun

Forms:
kaarshout, kersehoutShow more Also kaarshout, kersehout, kersiehout.
Origin:
Afrikaans, Dutch, Show more Afrikaans formed on kersie (from Dutch kers) cherry or kers (from Dutch kaars) candle + hout wood.
Either of two species of forest tree or shrub.
Note:
Pterocelastrus tricuspidatus is called both candlewood and (occasionally) cherrywood in South African English, illustrating the confusion surrounding the origin of the name.
1. Pterocelastrus tricuspidatus of the Celastraceae, with hard, dark red wood; candlewood sense 2.
1887 J.C. Brown Management of Crown Forests 237Timber Valued Standing. Per cubic foot...Kershout,..0 0 3.
1992 H. Hutchings in Weekend Post 1 Mar. (Leisure) 7Pterocelastrus tricuspidatus (kershout), a many-branched evergreen bush tree with leathery leaves and orange seed pods in autumn and winter.
2. Less commonly, Rothmannia capensis of the Rubiaceae, which has creamy white flowers and large, woody, inedible fruit; aapsekos; bobbejaanappel, see bobbejaan sense 2; candlewood sense 1; wild gardenia, see wild sense a.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 238Kaarshout,..According to Sim (‘Forest Flora’) this is another name for Gardenia Rothmannia...But the name is universally applied to Pterocelastris variabilis,..which is very resinous.
1972 M.R. Levyns in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. VI. 369The name kershout is also applied to Rothmannia capensis, which is better known as aapsekos...Other common names of R. capensis are candlewood and wild gardenia.
Pterocelastrus tricuspidatus of the Celastraceae, with hard, dark red wood; candlewood2.
Less commonly, Rothmannia capensis of the Rubiaceae, which has creamy white flowers and large, woody, inedible fruit; aapsekos; bobbejaanappel, see bobbejaan2; candlewood1; wild gardenia, see wilda.

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