1857D. LivingstoneMissionary Trav. 61The adjacent country is all covered with low thorny scrub, with grass, and, here and there, clumps of the ‘wait-a-bit thorn’, or Acacia Detinens.
1866J. LeylandAdventures 120The name given to the wait-a-bit thorn is very expressive and appropriate. In form it much resembles a small hook. It is the worst kind of bush for tearing anything it comes in contact with.
1871J. McKayReminisc. 140Torn and scratched by ‘wait-a-bit’ thorns, tripped and half strangled by parasitical monkey-rope, the company tore away through the treacherous bush.
1886G.A. FariniThrough Kalahari Desert 170The wait-a-bit thorns disputed my progress, and I was forced to wriggle through, snake-like, on my stomach.
1899R.B. & J.D.S. WoodwardNatal Birds 37A favourite haunt of theirs is the ‘Wait-a-bit’ hedges, in the centre of which they (sc. the birds) often rest utterly out of reach.
1909Lady S. WilsonS. Afr. Mem. 308Round the edge of these groups..lies slyly hidden the ‘wait-a-bit’ bush, according to the literal translation from the Dutch, whose thorny entanglements no one can gauge unless fairly caught. [Note] Wacht-een-bietze.
1929J. Stevenson-HamiltonLow-Veld 50Of all those coming under the embracive title of ‘wait-a-bit’, the worst to my mind is the umkaiya (Acacia apallens).
1940J. BuchanMemory Hold-the-Door 119You climb through bare foothills where the only vegetation is the wait-a-bit thorn.
1964G. CampbellOld Dusty 50Barbed wire and fish hooks are like velvet compared with the wait-a-bit thorn.
1972A. ScholefieldWild Dog Running 69Several wagoners had hacked their own paths through the wait-a-bit thorn.
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