Definition of spekboom in English:

spekboom

Line breaks: spek|boom
Pronunciation: /ˈspɛkbʊəm
 
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noun

  • A South African shrub with succulent leaves, which is used for fodder during times of drought.
    • Portulacaria afra, family Portulacaceae
    More example sentences
    • The thick succulent stems of spekboom readily sprout when a freshly-cut branch is simply inserted into soil.
    • The more succulent and spiny shrubs such as spekboom and small bitterleaf, which can survive with little moisture and high temperatures, grow inland.
    • However, defoliation during winter has a depressing effect on growth, and so as much resting as possible is advisable in winter, particularly in areas in which spekboom has low vigour.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Afrikaans, from spek 'bacon' + boom 'tree'.

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