One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An evergreen African tree related to sumac, with foliage similar to that of the willow 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’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Early 19th century: from Afrikaans, from Nama karib.
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