Kaffir boom


variants or kaffir boom
: coral tree
especially : a coral tree (Erythrina caffra) with scarlet flowers and light soft wood sometimes used for fence posts or shingles see usage paragraph at kaffir

Word History


partial translation of Afrikaans kafferboom, from Kaffer Kaffir + boom tree, from Dutch, from Middle Dutch; akin to Old English bēam tree

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“Kaffir boom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kaffir%20boom. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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