bitter bush, noun phrase

Origin:
Afrikaans
bitter Karoo.
1891 in C.A. Smith Common Names (1966) 107When the ewes have to feed on..bitter bush..the milk must be poisonous, and the lambs suffer from bloedpens.
1971 Golden Fleece (S. Afr. Wool Board) June (Suppl.) 8Chrysocoma tenuifolia — bitter bush.
1973 E. Prov. Herald 28 Feb. 4Unpalatable thorny types such as bitter bush, thorny figs, buchu karoo bushes and karoo thorn types are to be found on the western Karoo route.
bitter Karoo.
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18911973