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Bushman’s candle, noun phrase

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English, Show more Bushman sense 1 a + English possessive ’s + English candle.
Any of several succulent shrubs of the genus Sarcocaulon of the Geraniaceae, yielding a flammable, resinous secretion, especially S. patersoni; candle bush; Hottentot’s candle, see Hottentot sense 6 a; kersbos noun1 Also attributive.
1909 Gardeners’ Chron. (U.K.) 11 Dec. 401 (Pettman)Two Sarcocaulons (Geraneacea) whose thick cuticle..is rich in hydrocarbons and burns with a yellow, smoky flame; it is commonly known as the Bushman’s candle.
1992 P. Cullinan Robert Jacob Gordon 78 (caption)Sarcocaulon l’heritieri (often referred to as ‘Bushman’s candles’).
Any of several succulent shrubs of the genus Sarcocaulon of the Geraniaceae, yielding a flammable, resinous secretion, especially S. patersoni; candle bush; Hottentot’s candle, see Hottentot6 a; kersbosnoun Also attributive.

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