Bosjesmansthee, noun

Forms:
Also Bosjesman’s thee, Bosjes-man’s-thé.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more South African Dutch, Bosjesmans combining or possessive form of Bosjesman (see Bosjesman) + thee tea.
obs.
Bushman’s tea.
[1837 Ecklon & Zeyher Enumeratio Plantarum Africae 152Methyscophyllum glaucum...Frutex 8–12 pedalis; incolis: Bosjesmansthee.]
1847 L. Pappe in C.A. Smith Common Names (1966) 149It grows about the Zwartkeirivier, where it is a favourite beverage with Bushmen and others, who also chew it, and call it Bosjesmansthee.
1860 Harvey & Sonder Flora Capensis I. 463Methyscophyllum..is the ‘Bosjesman’s-thee’ of the colonists. The leaves, chewed to excess by the Bosjesmen, have intoxicating effects: a moderate infusion is said to be good as tea, and also as a remedy for asthma.
1868 W.H. Harvey Genera of S. Afr. Plants 53C.[atha] edulis.., The ‘Bosjes-man’s-thé’ of the colonists.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 82Bosjesman’s thee, Catha edulis, Forsk...An infusion of its leaves is used for coughs, asthma, etc. A rare shrub in South Africa known only from the Queenstown and Cathcart districts.
Bushman’s tea.

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