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.
1789W. PatersonNarr. 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.
1920E.H.L. SchwarzKalahari; or, Thirstland Redemption 16The ground is covered with soil or sand; when it rains, grass (‘Bushmangrass,’ Aristida brevifolia) springs up quickly and withers, covering the surface with seed, for use in the next rains.
1930I. SchaperaKhoiSan Peoples 9The great plains..are covered with tough sun-bleached Bushman grass (Aristida brevifolia).
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