plural -s
: a desert shrub (Euphorbia balsamifera) native to the Canary Islands that has leaves at the ends of the branches and inconspicuous yellow flowers

Word History


borrowed from Arabic (Hassānīya dialects of the western Sahara) ivrənān (Mauritania), aafarnaan (Mali), borrowed from Zenaga

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of afernan was in 1920

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“Afernan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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