chincherinchee

chincherinchee

[chin-chuh-rin-chee, -rin-chee, ching-kuh-]
noun
a bulbous plant, Ornithogalum thyrsoides, of the lily family, native to southern Africa, having dense clusters of cream-colored or white flowers.

Origin:
1925–30; < Afrikaans tjienkerientjee, perhaps tjienker- (< ?) + uintjie name for various edible bulbs (compare uietjie, diminutive of ui onion); often alleged to be imitative representation of the sound produced when the stalks are rubbed together

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chincherinchee (ˌtʃɪntʃərɪnˈtʃiː, -ˈrɪntʃɪ)
 
n
a bulbous South African liliaceous plant, Ornithogalum thyrsoides, having long spikes of white or yellow long-lasting flowers
 
[of unknown origin]

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