South African DutchShow more Probably translation of South African Dutch boschkat, bosch bush, forest + kat cat. See also quotation 1731.
The serval, Felis serval of the Felidae.
1731G. Medleytr. ofP. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H.II. 127There is another sort, call’d the Bush-Cat, from its keeping mostly in Bushes and Hedges. ’Tis spotted something like a Tiger, and is the largest of all the Wild Cats in the Cape Countries.
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