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fynbos

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noun fyn·bos \ˈfān-ˌbȯs\

Definition of fynbos

  1. :  a biome of southern coastal South Africa characterized by a diverse richness of endemic plant species (as of the heath, protea, composite, iris, and lily families), by soil that is acidic and nutrient-poor, and by a climate marked by cold wet winters and hot dry summers; also :  the type of vegetation characteristic of this biome



Origin of fynbos

Afrikaans, from fyn fine, delicate + bos bush


First Known Use: 1936


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