One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An evergreen African tree related to sumac, with willow-like foliage and useful timber.
Genus Rhus, family Anacardiaceae, in particular R. lancea
- ‘He finds these aspects of the tree particularly aesthetically appealing and says the Karee attains this look within five years.’
- ‘You can experience karees, lead wood and buffalo-thorn trees with weeping wattle coming out with its yellow flowers in spring.’
- ‘Under the luscious evergreen branches of the Karee Tree, nestled between a thick carpet of green lawn and tropical undergrowth, lays our Victorian Guesthouse’
- ‘The most common trees in the city are gums Eucalyptus spp., pines Pinus spp., oaks Quercus spp., poplars Populus spp., Acacia spp., karees Rhus lancea, and olives Olea europa.’
- ‘Different areas of the hotel cater for different occasions: breakfast on the East terrace, or out in the gardens under shady bush-willows, karees and wit stinkhouts; a formal lunch or dinner in the dining room with all the French doors open in Summer, or a roaring fire in Winter.’
Early 19th century: from Afrikaans, from Nama karib.
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