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aarbossie, noun

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Formerly also aarbosje.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, aar underground watercourse + bossie (earlier bosje, see boschje) bush.
Any of several plants supposed to flourish above artesian rivers, including Selago and Walafrida of the Selaginaceae, Limeum (Aizoaceae), Oligomeris (Resedaceae), and Pollichia (Illecebraceae); water-finder. Cf. vleibos(sie), see vlei sense 2.
1896 R. Wallace Farming Indust. of Cape Col. 87The aarbosje, or ‘water-finder’, Selago leptostachya..is a useful forage plant for goats, being a stand-by in times of drought.
1975 S. Afr. Panorama Jan. 36Some of the flora which are indigenous to the proposed Karoo parks...Aarbossie (waterfinder bush) [etc.].
Any of several plants supposed to flourish above artesian rivers, including Selago and Walafrida of the Selaginaceae, Limeum (Aizoaceae), Oligomeris (Resedaceae), and Pollichia (Illecebraceae); water-finder.

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