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sterretjie, noun

Forms:
Formerly also sterrentjie, sterrethe.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, ‘little star’, ster star + diminutive suffix -ie.
1. Any of several species of flowering plant of the Amaryllidaceae.
[1810 G. Barrington Acct of Voy. 341The soil here is further distinguished, by the star-flower with its regular radiated corolla.]
1984 A. Wannenburgh Natural Wonder of Sn Afr. 122Like many other members of the Amaryllidaceae family, these cormous plants with grass-like leaves and six-petalled pink flowers are known as sterretjies, ‘little stars’.
2. The sea-gull Larus hartlaubii of the Laridae, common on the Western Cape and Namibian coasts.
Note:
In G.L. Maclean’s Roberts' Birds of Sn Afr. (1993), the name ‘Hartlaub’s gull’ is used for this species.
1955 C. Horne Fisherman’s Eldorado 12Sterrentjies and malagas, their immaculate plumage shining, dived for their prey, or rested in great flocks, gorged and exhausted.
1987 R. Naysmith in Ski Scene Mar.Apr. 13These shoals of summer game fish have been relatively easy to find with the ‘sterretjies’ (terns) and Malgas gulls ever present to feed on a rising bait shoal.
3. The geometric tortoise, Psammobates geometricus.
1985 [see suurpootjie].
1989 E. Baard in Afr. Wildlife Vol.43 No.4, 179Call it what you will — geometric tortoise, suurpootjie, kransie, sterretjie — all of these names are used to refer to one of the world’s rarest tortoise species, Psammobates geometricus.
Any of several species of flowering plant of the Amaryllidaceae.
The sea-gull Larus hartlaubii of the Laridae, common on the Western Cape and Namibian coasts.
The geometric tortoise, Psammobates geometricus.

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