bloubos, noun

Forms:
blaaubosch, blaauwboschShow more Formerly also blaaubosch, blaauwbosch, blauw bosch.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier South African Dutch blauwbosch), blou blue + bos bush.
Any of several small trees or shrubs of the genus Diospyros of the Ebenaceae, especially D. lycioides; blue-bush. Also attributive.
1907 T.R. Sim Forests & Forest Flora 14On the rich alluvial soil along the dry river beds there are, however, occasional trees of Mimosa (Acacia horrida), Karreeboom (Rhus lancea), Blaauwbosch (Royena).
1911 Farmer’s Weekly 15 Mar. 1On the farm are..many Olive wood, karree and Blaauwbosch Trees and Bushes.
1961 Palmer & Pitman Trees of S. Afr. 133The bloubos differs greatly in appearance in various parts of the country, varying from a shrub a couple of feet high to a small sized timber tree.
1971 L.G. Green Taste of S.-Easter 161No mean botanist, he could recognise most of the South African bee plants from the boerboom to the bloubos to the water-bessie and dopperkiaat.
1977 E. Palmer Field Guide to Trees of Sn Afr. 263The commonest Diospyros species, particularly familiar in parts of OFS and Karoo; valued for shade, shelter, bark for tanning...Widely known as bloubos (blue bush).
Any of several small trees or shrubs of the genus Diospyros of the Ebenaceae, especially D. lycioides; blue-bush. Also attributive.

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