ka·​meel·​doorn | \ -ˌdōrn \
variants: or less commonly kameeldoring bush \ -​ˌdōriŋ-​ \ or kameelthorn \ -​ˌthȯrn \
plural kameeldoorns also kameelthorns

Definition of kameeldoorn

: any of several acacia trees especially : a tall tree (Acacia giraffae) on which the giraffe often browses

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History and Etymology for kameeldoorn

kameeldoorn from obsolete Afrikaans kameeldoorn (now kameeldoring), from Afrikaans kameel + obsolete Afrikaans doorn thorn, from Dutch, from Middle Dutch dorn; kameeldoring bush from Afrikaans kameeldoring + English bush; kameelthorn partial translation of Afrikaans kameeldoring; akin to Old English thorn

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“Kameeldoorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kameeldoorn. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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