1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 189Gnaarboom, (The first part of this word appears to be of Hottentot origin, having an initial click; the Kaffir name for the tree is um Hlonhlo.) Euphorbia tetragona.
1917R. MarlothDict. of Common Names of Plants 60Naaboom, Euphorbia tetragona, E. grandidens, etc. S.E. coast districts. In Tr[ansvaal] applied to E. Cooperi and E. ingens.
1939S. CloeteWatch for Dawn 114These endless morgen of forest brightened by the light green of the spekboom, darkened by isolated nabooms.
1955T.V. BulpinStorm over Tvl 24Twenty-five miles from Nylstroom the road passed a small stream of clear water flowing through the wilderness. On its bank grew a number of Euphorbia Ingens, known colloquially as Nabome.
1958R.E. LightonOut of Strong 22The broad, hill-dotted valley where the spiny nabooms clustered.
1961Palmer & PitmanTrees of S. Afr. 239All the tree Euphorbias described are commonly known as ‘naboom’. According to the authors of ‘The Succulent Euphorbieae’, ‘na’ is a corruption of a Hottentot word ‘gnap’ meaning strong or energetic, and emphasizes the vigorous habit of growth of the trees.
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