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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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Between three and five will be leaf teas, three or four might be oddities such as Rooibosch or green teas, and the rest are mainly a choice often or so types from two brands".
Or wherever it is they produce rooibosch, sweetcorn escalopes (frozen), flakes of millet and alfalfa.
In my deli, I'm greeted by enticing wafts of freshly-baked bread and roast coffee, but wholefood stores always smell thoroughly unwholesome, a rank mixture of mouldy Rooibosch teabags, dank wallpaper and fetid bacteria.