weeskindertjies, noun

Forms:
Also wees’kinners.
Plurals:
unchanged.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, weeskinders literally ‘orphans’ (nick-name of plant) + diminutive suffix -ie, perhaps so named because the flowers appear isolated at the end of a long stem.
Any of several species of plant of the Iridaceae, especially Ixia scillaris varieties scillaris and subundulata, bearing a spike of small pink flowers in spring. See also ixia.
1917 R. Marloth Dict. of Common Names of Plants 89Wees’kinners. Tritonia undulata and T. scillaris (Tulbagh). Also Nemesia affinis, etc.
1970 M.R. Levyns in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. I. 221Agretjie. Weeskindertjies (Ixia scillaris = Tritonia scillaris.) A small but attractive plant of the family Iridaceae, widespread in the coastal strip of the Western Cape Province from Namaqualand southwards.
1974 Motorist Aug. 35No less imaginative were the names of some of the flowers — vetkousies, weeskindertjies, aandblommetjies and duikerwortel.
1990 C. Laffeaty Far Forbidden Plains 243Those weeskindertjies may look pretty, but even the livestock won’t eat them.
Any of several species of plant of the Iridaceae, especially Ixia scillaris varieties scillaris and subundulata, bearing a spike of small pink flowers in spring.
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