kreupelhout, noun

Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, kreupel cripple + hout wood; perhaps transferred use of Dutch kreupelhout, see quotation 1913.
kreupelboom sense a. Also attributive.
[1812 A. Plumptre tr. of H. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr. (1928) I. 216We rested near the river under the shade of Kruppelholz (Protea Conocarpa).]
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 281Kreupelhout,..Leucospermum conocarpum. In Holland the word appears to be applied to brushwood or undergrowth generally; in Cape Dutch is is limited to the above wood and has reference to its contorted appearance.
1917 R. Marloth Dict. of Common Names of Plants 52Kreupel’hout, Leucospermum conocarpum. A dwarf tree of the South West with yellow flower heads. Bark used for tanning.
1963 A.M. Louw 20 Days 184Covering the..hillock and reaching almost down to the sea, was a thick, sub-tropical growth of taaibos,..kreupelhout, [etc.].
1974 S. Afr. Panorama Nov. 9Rough rocks. Thorn trees. Dense bushes of kreupelhout...It is densley wooded with thick kreupelhout bushes.
1977 E. Palmer Field Guide to Trees of Sn Afr. 98Keupelhout, Leucospermum conocarpodendron...A shrub or tree up to 6m, often branching from the base...Flower Heads: at tips of young branches partially hidden by leaves, cone-shaped, about 9 cm long, bright yellow.
1988 M. Branch Explore Cape Flora 6The yellow kreupelhout is a common gnarled bush found growing on mountain slopes near the sea.
[1991 Dict. of Horticulture (Dept of Nat. Educ.) 450Kreupelhoutbome, (Leucospermum spp.,..): pincushion bushes, pincushion trees.]
kreupelbooma. Also attributive.
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