sweet thorn, noun phrase

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AfrikaansShow more Translation of Afrikaans soetdoring; see quotation 1992.
The shrub or small tree Acacia karroo of the Fabaceae, with long, straight, glossy-white paired thorns, and small, golden-yellow, fluffy flowers; doringhout; Karoo thorn, see Karoo sense 3; soetdoring sense 1; also called doringboom. Also attributive.
1970 S. Stander in Farmer’s Weekly 16 Dec. 50Among the sweet-thorns which lined the river, a dove sang low.
1986 S. Afr. Panorama July 29Native sweetthorn trees are in full leaf.
1987 T.F.J. Van Rensburg Intro. to Fynbos 24River valleys usually contain dense sweet thorn (Acacia karroo).
1988 J. Deacon in S. Afr. Panorama May 46One of the lower slopes..is densely wooded with yellow-flowering sweetthorns.
1990 Clinning & Fourie in Fauna & Flora No.47, 11The common hook thorn Acacia caffra, sweet thorn Acacia karoo and umbrella thorn Acacia tortillis are the dominant species.
1991 Best of S. Afr. Short Stories (Reader’s Digest Assoc.) 254The sweet thorn, which has balled flowers, occurs almost everywhere and is the best known species [of acacia] in South Africa.
1992 D.M.C. Fourie in Philatelic Bulletin (No. 61)Sweet thorn is considered to be an indicator of sweet veld, but its common name refers to the sweet-scented flowers which attract masses of bees and other insects.
The shrub or small tree Acacia karroo of the Fabaceae, with long, straight, glossy-white paired thorns, and small, golden-yellow, fluffy flowers; doringhout; Karoo thorn, see Karoo3; soetdoring1; also called doringboom. Also attributive.

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