boetebossie, noun

Forms:
boete-bosch, boete bosjeShow more Formerly also boete-bosch, boete bosje, boetebossi, and with initial capital.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, boete a fine or penalty + bossie (earlier bosch, bosje see boschje) bush; see quotation 1906.
The noxious weed Xanthium spinosum of the Asteraceae, a native of tropical America.
1906 W.S. Johnson Orangia 14Why are the seeds so spiny? The boete bosje will answer that question. Its little seeds stick so closely in a sheep’s wool that they ruin the fleece, and therefore any one who allows this plant to flourish on his farm must pay a boete, or fine.
1980 A.J. Blignaut Dead End Rd 18Even if our sheep were full of boete-bossies they would still win.
The noxious weed Xanthium spinosum of the Asteraceae, a native of tropical America.

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