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rhenosterbos, noun

renosterbos, renosterboschShow more Also renosterbos, renosterbosch, rhenosterbosch, rhinosterbos, rhinosterbosch.
South African Dutch, Dutch, modern AfrikaansShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch rhenoster rhinoceros + bos, bosch bush. The influence of modern Afrikaans renosterbos is seen in the most recent quotations.
1. rhinoceros-bush. Also attributive, and rhenosterbosje, rhenosterbossie [see boschje].
1812 A. Plumptre tr. of H. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr. (1928) 173We here found in abundance a plant which..the colonists call..rhinosterbosjes, because, they say, that in the time when the rhinoceros was an inhabitant of the country, it used to feed very much upon this plant.
1993 [see renosterveld].
2. combination
rhenosterbosveld /-felt/ [Afrikaans veld (open) countryside], renosterveld.
1987 T.F.J. Van Rensburg Intro. to Fynbos 14As indicated earlier, there are five veld types in the Cape Floral kingdom or Fynbos Biome: strandveld, coastal rhenosterbosveld, coastal fynbos, fynbos and false fynbos...The soils on which strandveld and coastal rhenosterbosveld are found are fertile, neutral to alkaline and sometimes somewhat brackish.
[1989 Weekend Post 7 Oct. 3It was considered vital to conserve the Baviaanskloof because it was the meeting place of four major veld types — mountain funbos, valley bushveld, Knysna forest and Cape grassveld. A fifth veld type, renosterbos, was found on the fringes.]
rhinoceros-bush. Also attributive, and rhenosterbosje, rhenosterbossiesee boschje.

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