witgat

noun wit·gat \ˈwitˌgat\
variants: or

witgatboom

\-ˌbüm\

Definition of witgat

plural

-s

  1. :  a South African shrub or tree (Boscia albitrunca) of the family Caparidaceae having white hard close-grained wood and roots that are roasted as a coffee substitute

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Origin and Etymology of witgat

witgat from Afrikaans, short for witgatboom, literally, white hole tree, from Middle Dutch wit white + gat hole, opening + boom tree; akin to Old English hwīt white, gæt opening, bēam tree — more at white, gate, beam


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