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saffron, sappin

[OED saffron plant species characterized by yellow color] n. a shrub: 1889 Colubrina ferruginosa (Gardner 373). 1905 Bumelia loranthifolia (Shattuck 209). 1910 Chrysophyllum oliviforme (Northrop 173). 1976 A smaller bushy plant ... [known] as saffron ... Everybody in Bain Town, and I suppose all over the Bahamas, called it "sappin" and we chewed the little beanlike fruit that grew on it, long before we knew of Mr. Wrigley (Eneas 10). cf. DAMSON PLUM, MILKBERRY, OLIVE PLUM, WILD STAR APPLE, SNAKE WOOD, WILD SAFFRON (Black)

Tags: food, noun, plant, shrub

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Last update: 2011-07-03 18:30
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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