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bossiestroop, noun

Forms:
Formerly also boschjestroop, bosjestroop.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier South African Dutch boschjesstroop), bos bush + -ie + stroop syrup.
The (syrup prepared from the) nectar of the flowers of Protea repens of the Proteaceae, used as a sweetening agent, and (formerly) as a cough medicine; boschsuiker. Also attributive. See also sugarbush.
[1797 Lady A. Barnard S. Afr. Century Ago (1925) 55In the same box you will find..a small specimen of the syrup of the sugar tree; I could not make the box contain a quart, which I was sorry for.]
1988 M. Branch Explore Cape Flora 4The early settlers..discovered that if they placed the flower-heads of the sugarbush protea face down, they could collect buckets full of sweet nectar to use as syrup, known as ‘bossiestroop’.
The (syrup prepared from the) nectar of the flowers of Protea repens of the Proteaceae, used as a sweetening agent, and (formerly) as a cough medicine; boschsuiker. Also attributive.

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