from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A southern African bulbous plant (Ornithogalum thyrsoides) having fragrant clusters of showy white blossoms that are popular as cut flowers.
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- noun South African perennial with long-lasting spikes of white blossoms that are shipped in to Europe and America for use as winter cut flowers
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[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).]
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