One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small southern African tree which typically bears drooping clusters of scented mauve flowers.
Genus Virgilia, family Leguminosae
- ‘Gardeners need not hesitate on the choice of tree if the keurboom is on the list; it is a beautiful tree, suitable for both the domestic garden and big landscapes.’
Early 18th century: from Afrikaans, from keur ‘choice’ + boom ‘tree’.
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