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Bushman’s poison, noun phrase

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English, Show more Bushman + English possessive ’s + English poison.
In full Bushman’s poison bush: any of several species of the toxic plant Acokanthera of the Apocynaceae, formerly used by the San in making poison for their arrows; Hottentot’s poison bush, see Hottentot noun sense 6 a. See also gifboom sense b.
[1885 A. Smith Contrib. to S. Afr. Materia Medica 40The Bushmen take the wood of the plant and pound it to a rough powder, which they put into a clay pot and boil for some time, keeping the lid on as the fumes are noxious,..till it is reduced to a cupful of a glutinous fluid...The poison is ready. It is a brownish substance such as you see in a bee-hive.]
1988 J. Munday Poisonous Plants in S. Afr. Gardens & Parks 22Bushman’s poison,..Poison tree, Winter sweet. Several species of this genus are indigenous to South Africa and one or two are cultivated.
any of several species of the toxic plant Acokanthera of the Apocynaceae, formerly used by the San in making poison for their arrows; Hottentot’s poison bush, see Hottentotnoun6 a.

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