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[weyt-uh-bit] /ˈweɪt əˌbɪt/
any of various plants bearing thorns or prickly appendages, as the grapple plant or the greenbrier.
Origin of wait-a-bit
1775-85; translation of Afrikaans wag-'n-bietjie < Dutch wacht een beetje Unabridged
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  • We were an odd pair of scallywags to look at, but as South African as a wait-a-bit bush.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • What do you think of a man who'll wander off a trail, tumble over a ledge, and get mixed up in a bunch of wait-a-bit like that?

    The Hunted Woman James Oliver Curwood
  • A sage-hen crouching low in sand and shadowed by wait-a-bit thorn twigs is pretty well hidden.

    The Red Mustang William O. Stoddard
  • "wait-a-bit thorns are worse than razors, Miss Gray," he elucidated further.

    The Hunted Woman James Oliver Curwood
  • I was busy all the afternoon in cutting ‘wait-a-bit’ thorns for a kraal.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • His nap had brought a return of appetite; and the wait-a-bit thorns showed the marks of his prehensile trunk.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • This kraal was situated in the heart of a vast thicket of “wait-a-bit” thorns.

  • The wait-a-bit (Wacht een beetje) is so called from the ingenious nature of its spines.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • The country was rolling veld dotted with wait-a-bit thorn-bushes; the farmhouses few but large; the roads heavy with sand.

    The African Colony John Buchan
  • The British call them "wait-a-bit" thorns, and under either name they are equally dangerous.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
British Dictionary definitions for wait-a-bit


any of various plants having sharp hooked thorns or similar appendages, esp the greenbrier and the grapple plant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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