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.
1917 R. Marloth Dict. of Common Names of Plants 111Cyclo’pia genistoides..C. latifolia.., C. longifolia.., C. Vogelii...Boer-tea, bush -, honey -.
c1951 Rice & Compton Wild Flowers of Cape of G.H. Pl.42Cyclopia genistoides. Bush Tea, Honey Tea, Honingtee...The leafy twigs, fermented and dried, are used as a ‘bush tea’.
1965 S. Eliovson S. Afr. Wild Flowers for Garden 219Cyclopia. Bush Tea, Honey Tea, Heuningtee. This is a small genus of 12 species..coming from the south-western Cape and as far east as Uitenhage.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 249Honey tea, Cyclopia genistoides..and C. burtonii.., see heuningtee.
1971 Horticultural Terms (Dept of Nat. Educ.) 97Honey tea, (bush tea, Cyclopia genistoides..).
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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