camel thorn

variants: or less commonly camel's thorn

Definition of camel thorn

1a : a low spiny shrub (Alhagi camelorum) of the Arabian desert that yields manna
b : a related shrub (A. maurorum)
2 : an East Indian spiny shrub (Zizyphus nummularius) used as fodder for sheep and goats
3 : any of several southern African acacias especially : a browse plant (Acacia giraffae) of the veld

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History and Etymology for camel thorn

so called from the use of its seed as feed for camels

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“Camel thorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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