variants or less commonly tambookie thorn
plural -s
: a southern African shrub or small tree (Erythrina acanthocarpa) with spiny fruit
: the extremely light wood of the tambookie

Word History


Afrikaans tamboekie, from Tamboekie Kaffir of the Tembu tribe, probably from Tamboe Tembu + -kie (from Dutch -kje, diminutive suffix)

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“Tambookie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tambookie. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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