tambookie

noun
tam·​boo·​kie | \ tamˈbükē, -bu̇kē \
variants: or less commonly tambookie thorn
plural -s

Definition of tambookie

1 : a southern African shrub or small tree (Erythrina acanthocarpa) with spiny fruit
2 : the extremely light wood of the tambookie

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History and Etymology for tambookie

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 19 Jan. 2022.

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