Definition of rooibos tea
: a beverage that is made from a southern African shrub (Aspalathus cedarbergensis) of the family Leguminosae
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Origin and Etymology of rooibos tea
partial translation of Afrikaans rooibostee (formerly spelled rooiboschtee), from rooibos, the shrub from which it is made (from rooi red + bos bush, from Middle Dutch busch, bosch bush forest) + tee tea
First Known Use: 1911See Words from the same year
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