klapper, noun2

Forms:
Also clapper.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, ‘rattle’, ‘chatter (of teeth)’.
1. Either of two shrubs with rattling seed-pods, Crotalaria burkeana or C. lotoides of the Fabaceae.
1911 S. Afr. Jrnl of Science VII. 269 (Pettman)It (sc. Crotalaria burkeana) is..called klappers from the character of the somewhat horny pods, in which the seeds rattle about.
1917 R. Marloth Dict. of Common Names of Plants 49Klappers, Crotalaria Burkeana...(The pods are inflated like little rattles).
2. In full klapperbos /-bɔs/ [Afrikaans, bos bush; see quotation 1971]: the tree Nymania capensis of the Meliaceae, with papery, lantern-like seed-capsules; Chinese lantern sense 2 a i; Christmas Tree sense (a), see Christmas.
1917 R. Marloth Dict. of Common Names of Plants 49Klapper’bos, Nymania (Aitonia) capensis. The capsules papery and inflated, often bright red.
1992 H. Hutchings in Weekend Post 22 Aug. (Leisure) 7Nymania capensis, the Chinese lantern bush or klapperbos,..bears pink blooms which are followed by inflated membraneous seed pods. These are green, fading to pale cream and are tinged with pink.
Either of two shrubs with rattling seed-pods, Crotalaria burkeana or C. lotoides of the Fabaceae.
the tree Nymania capensis of the Meliaceae, with papery, lantern-like seed-capsules; Chinese lantern2 a i; Christmas Tree sense (a), see Christmas.

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