One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of various shrubs, especially those having somewhat honey-scented flowers.
2Originally South African. More fully "honey bush tea". Any of several South African shrubs of the genus Cyclopia (family Fabaceae (Leguminosae)), having honey-scented leaves which are infused to make a herbal tea.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Whitelaw Ainslie (1767–1837), surgeon. From honey + bush.
honey bush/ˈhʌnɪ bʊʃ/
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