plural -s
: a southern African thorny shrub or small tree (Acacia horrida) whose bark is used in tanning

Word History


obsolete Afrikaans (now doringboom), from obsolete Afrikaans doorn thorn (now doring) (from Middle Dutch dorn) + Afrikaans boom tree, from Middle Dutch; akin to Old High German dorn thorn & to Old High German boum tree

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“Doornboom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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