yzer hout, noun phrase

Forms:
Also eysterhout.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch ysterhout, yster (from Dutch ijzer) iron + hout wood.
obs.
ironwood sense a.
1821 C.I. Latrobe Jrnl of Visit 238Here grows that valuable wood called eysterhout, or iron-wood, so hard, and likewise so tough, that an axle-tree made of it will bear more than an iron one of twice its thickness.
1822 W.J. Burchell Trav. I. 181The pole we had now put in, being of Yzer hout (or iron wood), was not so tough as the other; but many degrees harder and heavier. The boors esteem the iron-wood to be, for this purpose, but little inferior to the hassagay-wood.
ironwooda.
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