Definition of haakdoring in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɑːkdʊərɪŋ/


South African
  • Any of various trees or shrubs having hooked thorns, especially the blackthorn, Acacia mellifera subsp. detinens, or similar species of the genus Acacia, and (now less commonly) the grapple-plant, Harpagophytum procumbens. Compare hackthorn , hookthorn .


Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Burchell (1781–1863), explorer and naturalist. In some forms from South African Dutch haakdoorn from haak hook + doorn.