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kreupelboom, noun

Forms:
Also kreuple boom, kreuppelboom.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch kreupel cripple + boom tree; so named for the twisted appearance of the lower branches.
Either of two small trees of the Proteaceae: a. Leucospermum conocarpodendron; cripple-wood; kreupelhout; also called kreupelbos, pincushion. b. rare. The red-and-yellow bottlebrush Mimetes hirtus. Also attributive.
1796 C.R. Hopson tr. of C.P. Thunberg’s Trav. II. 112The Kreupelboom (Protea speciosa). The bark is used by tanners for dressing and tanning leather.
1991 Dict. of Horticulture (Dept of Nat. Educ.) 450Kreupelboom, (Mimetes hirtus,..): red-and-yellow bottlebrush.
Leucospermum conocarpodendron; cripple-wood; kreupelhout; also called kreupelbos, pincushion.
The red-and-yellow bottlebrush Mimetes hirtus. Also attributive.

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