1798Lady A. Barnard inLord LindsayLives of Lindsays (1849) III. 440I plucked from the great thorn-trees some of their prickles, of which I send you a few; they exactly resemble the horns of the cattle. I hear the plant has found its way to Kew Gardens, and is there called the cuckold-tree.
1806J. BarrowTrav.I. 40The banks were skirted by a thicket of the doorn boom, or thorn tree, a species of mimosa.
1850R.G.G. CummingHunter’s LifeI. 60A clump of tangled thorn-trees.
1877R.M. BallantyneSettler & Savage 250The usually phlegmatic Conrad defended another weak point, while his at other times amiable spouse stood near him making fearful and frequent raids upon the foe with the branch of a thorn-tree.
1887A.A. Anderson25 Yrs in WaggonII. 157Several thorn-trees grow within the enclosure, under which the waggon stood.
1897J.P. FitzpatrickOutspan 35In the direction indicated, partly hidden by the scant foliage of a thorn-tree, a man was sitting on a yellow portmanteau reading a book.
1944H.C. Bosman inL. AbrahamsCask of Jerepigo (1972) 112The sunbaked vlakte and the thorn-tree and South Africa.
1956D. JacobsonDance in Sun 8The sun seemed to have seized the land, sucking all strength from the thorn trees, and the earth, and our own bodies.
1975S. RobertsOutside Life’s Feast 53The sand of the uneven path leading from the house to the yard was also yellow, and the stench from the chicken hoks was awful. Ann stared across the fields and the open veld patterned purple with thorn trees.
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