bush-tick, noun

Also bush tic.
EnglishShow more bush noun1 + English tick.
1. Any of several species of tick; bush louse.
1856 Cape of G.H. Almanac & Annual Register 283The most troublesome insect to man and beast is called the bush tick.
1856 C.J. Andersson Lake Ngami 20Besides myriads of fleas, our encampment swarmed with a species of bush-tick.
1889 F. Galton Trav. in S. Afr. 11We employed ourselves in picking bush tics from our persons, for the bushes swarmed with them.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 163Bosluisblom(metjie), (Erica viridipurpurea)...Flowers in clusters of fours. This disposition and their shape are rather suggestive of a nest of bushticks.
1988 J.S. Smith in Style May 58You might come across him engaged in the absorbing business of removing bush ticks from the back of his knees.
2. combination
bush-tick berry, the shrub Chrysanthemoides monilifera of the Asteraceae; its fruit; boetabessie; also called bietou.
1865 Harvey & Sonder Flora Capensis III. 436A large bush..the Colonial name is Bush-tick Berry.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 101Bush-tick berry, The fruit of Osteospermum moniliferum, Linn.
1917 R. Marloth Dict. of Common Names of Plants 17Bushtick berry, One of the names of Osteospermum moniliferum.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 183Bushtick berry, Chrysanthemoides monilifera.
1970 M.R. Levyns in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. II. 315Bush-tick berry. Brother berries. Bietou. Boetebessie. Bokbessie,..Shrub widespread in South Africa.
1982 Fox & Norwood Young Food from Veld 128Bush tick berry,..The purple fruits of this little tree, juicy and with a bony kernel are sweet and palatable and are eaten by children...At one time they were much sought after by Hottentots.
1987 T.F.J. Van Rensburg Intro. to Fynbos 16The bush-tick berry or bietou..may sometimes provide extra colour with its bright yellow flowers.
Any of several species of tick; bush louse.
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