Definition of camel thorn in English:

camel thorn


  • Either of two spiny leguminous shrubs occurring in arid country.

    Alhagi camelorum (of the Middle East) and Acacia giraffae (of southern Africa), family Leguminosae

    • ‘A cape cobra thrusts its yellow head out of a nest in a camel thorn tree, its jaws clenched around two screaming chicks.’
    • ‘Well-established camel thorn trees are of the most drought resistant trees we have.’
    • ‘The lodge covers an area of approximately 15 hectares of local ‘bushveld’ and centuries-old camel thorn trees.’
    • ‘One afternoon, I spotted a starving old lioness lying in the sparse shade of a camel thorn tree near the water hole.’
    • ‘The beautiful, slow-growing camel thorn grows well in poor soils and in harsh environmental conditions.’