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Bushman rice, noun phrase

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EnglishShow more Bushman sense 1 a + English rice; see quotation 1913.
Any of several species of termite of the order Isoptera; more commonly, their larvae which resemble rice and are eaten by the San (Bushman) people; Hottentots rice, see Hottentot noun sense 6 a; rysmier. Also Bushman’s rice.
[1797 Earl Macartney in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1898) II. 99The proper Bosjesmen..feed upon..ant eggs which they call Rice, & which serve them for a great part of their food.]
1967 E. Rosenthal Encycl. of Sn Afr. 87Bushman rice, Name applied to the eggs of certain types of termites, for this reason known to the Boers as ‘rysmier’. They closely resemble rice in appearance, and were actually eaten by the Bushmen.
Any of several species of termite of the order Isoptera; more commonly, their larvae which resemble rice and are eaten by the San (Bushman) people; Hottentots rice, see Hottentotnoun6 a; rysmier. Also Bushman’s rice.

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