rooibos tea

noun roo·i·bos tea \ˈrüēˌbäs-\
variants: or

rooibosch tea

\-sh-\

Definition of rooibos tea

  1. :  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 — more at roodebok, bush


First Known Use: 1911


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