One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various shrubs or small trees with milky sap; specifically (a) any of several shrubby or tree-sized spurges, especially Euphorbia mauritanica; (b) the Transvaal rubber tree, Diplorhynchus condylocarpon (family Apocynaceae).
Mid 19th century. From Afrikaans melkbos and its etymon South African Dutch melkbosch from melk + bosch.
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