Definition of wait-a-bit in English:


(also wait-a-bit thorn)


South African
  • An African bush with hooked thorns that catch the clothing, in particular an acacia.

    • ‘About the third day he began to suffer from chill and fever, and the wait-a-bit thorns and prickly-pear scrub began to dance before his eyes.’
    • ‘Giraffes are also missing from the crater as they favour the umbrella acacia and wait-a-bit thorn trees found higher up.’
    • ‘Minutes before, Speck had been at the head of the small pack, howling after a large male lion through the wait-a-bit thorn that rings South Africa's corner of the Kalahari Desert.’
    • ‘The steeply rising, boulder-strewn slope is covered with different species of trees than those you have been seeing, and in March the white flowers of the wait-a-bit thorn decorate the slopes.’
    • ‘Acacia thorns, ‘cat claws’ of the wait-a-bit thorn tree, rip skin and clothing.’


Translating Afrikaans wag-‘n-bietjie, literally wait a bit.