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tambotie, noun

Forms:
ntomboti, tamboetieShow more Also ntomboti, tamboetie, tamboote, tambooti, tambootie, tamboti, tambouti, tamboutie, tambuti, umtamboti, umtomboti, and with initial capital.
Origin:
Xhosa, ZuluShow more Xhosa and Zulu umthombothi poison tree (see quotation 1966).
1. In full tambotie tree: the deciduous tree Spirostachys africana of the Euphorbiaceae, with scented, durable wood and caustic sap; the timber of this tree; jumping bean sense 2 a; sandalwood; Tambookie noun sense 3. Also attributive.
1852 J.S. Christopher Natal 32The yellow, assegai, iron..and Tamboote wood grow in abundance.
1991 Style Apr. 102Use only ironwood for your camp fire. Some wood, like Ntomboti, known as tambotie, can make you very sick.
2. In full tambotie grass: Tambookie noun sense 2. Also attributive.
1866 T. Geast S. Afr. Diaries 42I observed that almost every stem of the long tambootie grass had a silken filament flying from it.
1987 D. Kenmuir Tusks & Talisman 48A dull, crackling roar rose from the valley below, tambuti grass feeding the fire in an orgy of destruction.
the deciduous tree Spirostachys africana of the Euphorbiaceae, with scented, durable wood and caustic sap; the timber of this tree; jumping bean2 a; sandalwood; Tambookienoun3. Also attributive.
Tambookienoun2. Also attributive.

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