camel thorn


variants or less commonly camel's thorn
: a low spiny shrub (Alhagi camelorum) of the Arabian desert that yields manna
: a related shrub (A. maurorum)
: an East Indian spiny shrub (Zizyphus nummularius) used as fodder for sheep and goats
: any of several southern African acacias
especially : a browse plant (Acacia giraffae) of the veld

Word History


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

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“Camel thorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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