Definition of tambotie in English:

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Pronunciation: /tamˈbʊti/
Pronunciation: /tamˈbuːti/ Pronunciation: /tamˈbʊəti/


South African
An African tree of the spurge family, with scented timber and caustic sap.
  • Spirostachys africana, family Euphorbiaceae.
Example sentences
  • The gold lasted for barely a year but in the meantime numerous trees were planted in the area: wild acacia, teak, olive, tambotie, beech, ebony, seringa, mimosa and quince.
  • Here, there are eight luxury tree houses, each encompassing a giant tambotie or leadwood tree and beautifully finished with silks, cottons and African artefacts.
  • The lodge lounge and main deck are built around an ancient termite mound and a giant tambotie tree, and in the past guests have watched as wild dogs have hunted and killed, in front of the lodge.


Mid 19th century: from Xhosa um-Thombothi, literally 'poison tree'.

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