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fynbos

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Pronunciation: /ˈfeɪnbɒs
 
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Definition of fynbos in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A distinctive type of vegetation found only on the southern tip of Africa. It includes a very wide range of plant species, particularly small heather-like trees and shrubs.
Example sentences
  • Climate change, sprawl, and alien-species invasion are threatening South Africa's fynbos, the main vegetation type of the smallest, yet richest, of the world's six floral kingdoms.
  • Alpha diversity of grassland at the 1000 m plot level exceeds all other biomes in southern Africa, including the renowned Cape fynbos, and the biome as a whole contains almost 4000 plant species.
  • Essop said the government was also concerned that indigenous plants, or fynbos, had been destroyed at Pinnacle Point in Mossel Bay, where a casino and golf estate are being built.

Origin

Afrikaans, literally 'fine bush'.

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