kameeldoorn

noun

ka·​meel·​doorn
-ˌdōrn
variants or less commonly kameeldoring bush
-ˌdōriŋ-
or kameelthorn
-ˌthȯrn
plural kameeldoorns also kameelthorns
Africa
: any of several acacia trees
especially : a tall tree (Acacia giraffae) on which the giraffe often browses

Word History

Etymology

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 21 Feb. 2024.

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