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 (roi′bôs′, -bŏs′)
A South African shrub (Aspalathus linearis) in the pea family, having green needlelike leaves that turn red when oxidized and dried and are widely used to make tea.

[Afrikaans : rooi, red (from Middle Dutch, root; see reudh- in Indo-European roots) + bos, shrub, forest (from Middle Dutch bosch, woods, forest; akin to English bush).]


1. (Plants) South African an evergreen shrub of South Africa cultivated for tea leaves
2. (Cookery) another name for rooibos tea
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Noun1.rooibos - South African shrub having flat acuminate leaves and yellow flowersrooibos - South African shrub having flat acuminate leaves and yellow flowers; leaves are aromatic when dried and used to make an herbal tea
Aspalathus, genus Aspalathus - genus of South African heathlike shrubs
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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Red bush tea is a herbal tea that originated in Africa.
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