honey tea, noun phrase

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Afrikaans
a. Any of several fragrant plants of the genus Cyclopia of the Fabaceae, especially C. genistoides; heuningblombos, heuningbos, see heuning; honeybush sense b. b. The herbal tea infused from the leaves of these plants; honeybush sense a. In both senses also called bush tea. See also vlei tea (vlei sense 2).
1917 R. Marloth Dict. of Common Names of Plants 80Tea, The most frequently employed shrublet is Cyclopia Vogelii (Honey -, Boer -) from the mountains of Swellendam, etc.
1987 T.F.J. Van Rensburg Intro. to Fynbos 30Most South Africans know rooibos tea..or honey tea...Rooibos tea..was relatively unknown..one generation ago. Honey tea from the Swartberg, Baviaanskloof and Kouga was even less well known...Honey tea is still picked mainly in the veld...Like many other fynbos species, honey tea is adapted to survive fires.
Any of several fragrant plants of the genus Cyclopia of the Fabaceae, especially C. genistoides; heuningblombos, heuningbos, see heuning; honeybushb.
The herbal tea infused from the leaves of these plants; honeybusha. In both senses also called bush tea.

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