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Bushman grass, noun phrase

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South African DutchShow more Translation of South African Dutch boesmangras, see boesmangras.
A general term for any of several species of grass of the genera Aristida, Stipa, and especially Stipagrostis of the sub-family Arundinoideae (family Poaceae); boesmangras. See also steekgras sense a, twa-grass. Formerly also Boshman’s grass.
1789 W. Paterson Narr. of Four Journeys 63I found many new species of Gramina, particularly that which the Dutch call Boshman’s Grass, from the use made of it by that people, who eat the seed of it.
1991 G.E. Gibbs Russell et al. Grasses of Sn Afr. 329Stipagrostis zeyheri..subsp. macropus..Bushman grass.
A general term for any of several species of grass of the genera Aristida, Stipa, and especially Stipagrostis of the sub-family Arundinoideae (family Poaceae); boesmangras.

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