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bush tea, noun phrase

Forms:
Formerly also busch tea.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more Probably translation of South African Dutch bosjesthee, see bosjesthee.
A tea made from the dried leaves and twigs of various aromatic shrubs, especially Aspalathus linearis, and Cyclopia species; the shrubs themselves; bosjesthee. See also berg tea (berg sense 1 b ii), honey tea, rooibos tea (rooibos sense 1). Cf. Bushman’s tea.
Note:
Widely used as a drink, this tea is believed by some to have medicinal properties.
1768 Holyoke Diaries (1911) 30Began to take Bush Tea.
1994 [see vlei tea vlei sense 2].
A tea made from the dried leaves and twigs of various aromatic shrubs, especially Aspalathus linearis, and Cyclopia species; the shrubs themselves; bosjesthee.

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