Rooibos meaning

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.
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Origin of rooibos

  • Afrikaans rooi red (from Middle Dutch root reudh- in Indo-European roots) bos shrub, forest (from Middle Dutch bosch woods, forest) (English bush)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition