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vaalbos, noun

Forms:
Formerly also vaal-bosch, vaal-boschje.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, vaal grey + bos (earlier bosch, see boschje) bush.
Any of several drought-resistant small trees or shrubs. 1. Either of two species of the Asteraceae with greyish-green, hairy leaves and an aromatic smell: a. Tarchonanthus camphoratus; wild sage sense (b), see wild sense a; b. Brachylaena discolor; also called saliehout (see salie sense 2). 2. saltbush sense a. In both senses also called vaal bush.
1855 Queenstown Free Press 6 Oct. (Pettman)This tract of country, which is covered as far as the eye can see by a short bush called Vaal bosch, is, however, a good grass veldt.
1986 S. Afr. Panorama June 11At the farm Rita Green drove us to the site through thick clumps of vaalbos (low nutritious silvery bushes).
Tarchonanthus camphoratus; wild sage sense (b), see wilda;
Brachylaena discolor; also called saliehoutsalie2.
saltbusha. In both senses also called vaal bush.

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