waterboom, noun

Plurals:
waterbome /ˈvɑːtə(r)bʊəmə/.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch water water + boom tree.
obsolescent
1. The umdoni, Syzygium cordatum. Also attributive.
1854 [see umdoni].
1907 J.M. Wood Handbk to Flora of Natal 49Our only useful species is Eugenia cordata, the well-known ‘Waterboom,’ the timber of which is valuable for building purposes, etc.
1949 C. Bullock Rina 38In its bed, palms mingled with waterbome.
2. The shrub or tree Mimusops caffra of the Sapotaceae, found on the east coast; also called red milkwood (see milk sense 2). Also attributive.
1899 G. Russell Hist. of Old Durban 116Two large red milkwood or ‘waterboom’ trees formed a natural archway.
c1963 B.C. Tait Durban Story 84The wagon spoor..passed under the lovely natural arch formed by two majestic red milkwood or ‘waterboom’ trees.
The umdoni, Syzygium cordatum. Also attributive.
The shrub or tree Mimusops caffra of the Sapotaceae, found on the east coast; also called red milkwoodmilk2. Also attributive.

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