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rooibos, noun

Forms:
Formerly also rooibosch.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, rooi red + bos bush.
1. In full rooibos tea [so named because the oxidized leaves are red in colour]
a. The dried leaves of any of several shrubs of the genus Aspalathus; the tea made from an infusion of these leaves; rooi tea; also called bush tea. Also attributive.
1911 S. Afr. Jrnl of Science VII. 374The author described..a Borbonia, the source of Cape ‘rooibos’ tea.
1990 Pace May 117Rooibos tea is a completely natural product with no additives or harmful sustances such as caffeine.
b. Any of several shrubs of the genus Aspalathus, cultivated for their leaves; rooi tea; also called bush tea. Also attributive.
1949 L.G. Green In Land of Afternoon 52Bush tea is often confused with buchu. It is, of course, an entirely different plant — a legume. You hear it called rooibos, heuning tee, stekel tee, boer tee.
1989 Farmer’s Weekly 13 Oct. 27Fungal diseases of rooibos tea will devastate the whole industry unless producers modify their farming practices...Rooibos-tea seeds are sown from February to March each year.
2. Either of two trees of the Combretaceae, Combretum apiculatum which bears red fruit and red or yellow winter foliage, or C. erythrophyllum. In both senses also called bush-willow. Also attributive.
1932 Watt & Breyer-Brandwijk Medicinal & Poisonous Plants 128The Zulus regard Combretum erythrophyllum Sond., Bush willow..Rooibos..as poisonous.
1977 F.G. Butler Karoo Morning 89Special suits of harness..had been made for them from leather cured by old Langjan himself, who used pounded mesembrianthemum to remove the hair, and rooibos for tanning.
The dried leaves of any of several shrubs of the genus Aspalathus; the tea made from an infusion of these leaves; rooi tea; also called bush tea. Also attributive.
Any of several shrubs of the genus Aspalathus, cultivated for their leaves; rooi tea; also called bush tea. Also attributive.
Either of two trees of the Combretaceae, Combretum apiculatum which bears red fruit and red or yellow winter foliage, or C. erythrophyllum. In both senses also called bush-willow. Also attributive.

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