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A southern African bulbous plant (Ornithogalum thyrsoides) having fragrant clusters of showy white blossoms that are popular as cut flowers.
[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).]
(Plants) a bulbous South African liliaceous plant, Ornithogalum thyrsoides, having long spikes of white or yellow long-lasting flowers
[of unknown origin]
chin•che•rin•chee(ˌtʃɪn tʃə rɪnˈtʃi, -ˈrɪn tʃi, ˌtʃɪŋ kə-)
a bulbous plant, Ornithogalum thyrsoides, of the lily family, native to S Africa, having dense clusters of cream-colored or white flowers.
[1925–30; < Afrikaans tjienkerientjee]
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|Noun||1.||chincherinchee - South African perennial with long-lasting spikes of white blossoms that are shipped in to Europe and America for use as winter cut flowers|
star-of-Bethlehem - any of several perennial plants of the genus Ornithogalum native to the Mediterranean and having star-shaped flowers