Definition of wait-a-bit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwādəbit/
(also wait-a-bit thorn)


chiefly South African
An African bush with hooked thorns that catch the clothing, in particular an acacia.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Giraffes are also missing from the crater as they favour the umbrella acacia and wait-a-bit thorn trees found higher up.


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

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Syllabification: wait-a-bit

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