from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A southern African bulbous plant (Ornithogalum thyrsoides) in the lily family, whose fragrant cluster of showy white blossoms is popular as a cut flower.
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- n. South African perennial with long-lasting spikes of white blossoms that are shipped in to Europe and America for use as winter cut flowers
Afrikaans tjienkerientjee : tjienker-, imitative of a tinkling sound (from the sound the stems make when rubbed together) + uintjie, bulb, diminutive of ui, onion (from Middle Dutch uyen, ultimately from Latin uniō, a kind of onion).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)