biesie, noun

Forms:
Also biese.
Origin:
Afrikaans
A rush- or reed-like plant. Also attributive.
1933 Star 30 Dec. (Swart)Between these dunes small pools of water are visible, overgrown with healthy-looking ‘biesies’.
1964 L.G. Green Old Men Say 219Biese are bulrushes, and Jan was some forgotten character who lived among the bulrushes.
1970 M. Van Rensburg Informant, GrahamstownBiesie mat. Mat made of rushes or reeds.
1984 T.F.J. Van Rensburg Intro. to Fynbos 6Restios are wiry, reed-like plants (mainly Restionaceae) that occur in leafless, evergreen tussocks. They are often called reeds or ‘biesies’.
A rush- or reed-like plant. Also attributive.
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