af·​er·​nan | \ ˈa-fər-ˌnan \
plural -s

Definition of afernan

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

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First Known Use of afernan

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afernan

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

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“Afernan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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