Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier Dutch), keur choice, pick + boom tree.
a.Either of two small trees of the genus Virgilia of the Fabaceae, V. oroboides or V. divaricata, with pendulous scented pink to rosy-lavender flowers; keur.b.The wood of these trees. Also attributive.
1786G. Forstertr. ofA. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H.I. 261Keurebooms-rivier is perhaps so called, after a tree of the same name (the sophora capensis, Linn.). On this kind of tree there is found a great quantity of gum, resembling that of the cherry-tree, but not so adhesive.
1829C. RoseFour Yrs in Sn Afr. 265The beautiful winding stream..flowed beneath the purple-scented blossoms of the Queur-boom, from which tree it takes its name.
1833S. Afr. Almanac & Dir.p.xlviiSeeds of keureboom sown at this season, thrive well, other native leguminous trees should also be sown now.
1854L. PappeSilva Capensis 13Virgilia Capensis. Lamk. (Keurboom)...Wood rather light and soft. Looks well when polished.
1871W.G. Atherstone inA.M.L. RobinsonSel. Articles from Cape Monthly Mag. (1978) 90Nowhere in the Colony have I seen so wonderful a pass..fringed with green trees — keurboom and wagenboon, aloes, succulents nestling in the rock-fissures.
1887S.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 130Most of the Knysna woods are of a good durable character..The woods reckoned the best are those of the Ironwood,..Keurboom (Virgilia Capensis), [etc.].
1910D. FairbridgeThat Which Hath Been (1913) 148Table mountain lifted its face towards heaven,..clothed almost to the summit with forests of shining silver-trees or sweeps of peach-pink keurboom.
1926C.G. BothaPlace Names in Cape Prov. 66The Keurboom is a tree that grows along river courses or in damp places, and bears a bright purple flower.
1955V.M. FitzroyDark Bright Land 79Rafters of keur-boom taken from the river banks.
1966Cape Times 24 Sept. (Weekend Mag.) 9A strong encouragement to other gardeners to plant slower-growing indigenous trees than the keurboom beyond which some gardeners’ thinking cannot progress.
1971Personality 5 Mar. 83The new source of income was to be found in the keurboom logs which were brought into the house daily and used as fuel.
1972Palmer & PitmanTrees of Sn Afr.II. 903Botanists, foresters, and gardeners have not yet decided to their mutual satisfaction whether the genus Virgilia is composed of one, two or three different species of keurboom.
1989Afr. WildlifeVol.43No.2, 77The indigenous keurboom (Virgilia divaricata) is now found only in isolated spots, even though the river is named after this particular tree.
1991H. Hutchings inWeekend Post 23 Feb. (Leisure) 7The faster growing kinds like Virgilia oroboides (keurboom),..and Dodonea viscosa (sand olive).
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