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Borrowed from Afrikaans aandblom (evening flower), aand (evening) + blom (flower)[1]



aandblom (plural aandblomme)

  1. (South Africa) Any of several, typically evening blooming, flowers related to the Iris, in particular of the genus Hesperantha. [First attested in the late 18th century.][1]
    • 2004, Peter Joyce, Flower Watching in the Cape: Scenic Routes Throughout the Year:
      This 22-ha area protects a fragment of granitic soil that nurtures a host of species, most striking of which are bulb-like plants such as the multi-hued babianas and lachenalias; white, read and pink sundews (carnivorous plants that meet their mineral needs by feeding on insects); the 'evening flowers', or aandblomme, whose heady scent fills the air at dusk, and the lovely chincherinchees, creamy blooms that grow profusely in the area.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], →ISBN), page 1