/chin'cheuh rin chee", -rin"chee, ching'keuh-/, n.
a bulbous plant, Ornithogalum thyrsoides, of the lily family, native to southern Africa, having dense clusters of cream-colored or white flowers.
[1925-30; < Afrik tjienkerientjee, perh. tjienker- ( < ?) + uintjie name for various edible bulbs (cf. uietjie, dim. of ui onion); often alleged to be imit. representation of the sound produced when the stalks are rubbed together]

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