silver-leaf, noun

Origin:
South African Dutch, AfrikaansShow more Perhaps translation of South African Dutch silwerblaaderen silver tree, see quotation 1790. (The modern Afrikaans name is silwerboom).
a. In full silver-leaf tree: silver tree.
[1790 tr. of F. Le Vaillant’s Trav. I. 96In the environs of Constantia and of Niuwe-land, is found that charming tree, called silwer blaaderen.]
1981 S. Afr. Panorama July 42A cone of the silver leaf tree (Leucadendron argenteum).
1986 J. De Wette in Upstream Summer 4The mismatched trees of childhood..the revenant silverleaf and pollen-caked Port Jackson.
1990 R. Gool Cape Town Coolie 99A footpath..wound past short, silver-leaf trees and sourfig grass to the beach.
b. A leaf of this tree, characterized by its silky, silvery down.
1988 M. Branch Explore Cape Flora 8If you have ever stroked a silver leaf, kept one as a bookmark, or watched the silver tree glistening in the wind, you will understand why the Table Mountain silver trees are grown all over the world.
silver tree.
A leaf of this tree, characterized by its silky, silvery down.

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