African boxthorn


: a tall shrub (Lycium tetrandrum) with spiny branchlets, rather thick leaves, and orange-red berries

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1764, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of African boxthorn was circa 1764

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“African boxthorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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