buchu

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See also: bùchū and buch'u

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Nama buku.

Noun[edit]

buchu (countable and uncountable, plural buchus)

  1. A South African shrub in the genus Agathosma.
    • 1978, André Brink, Rumours of Rain, Vintage 2000, p. 41:
      Inside us, like chromosomes, lay the memories of […] guinea-fowl clicking in the early morning grass or the delicate tracks of the sandpiper, the smell of buchu and veld fires []
  2. (South Africa) Medicinal leaves from the shrub that are often used in brandy; this is an old Dutch medicine.
    • 1999, JM Coetzee, Disgrace, Vintage 2000, p. 71:
      Like Lucy, they have potatoes and onions to sell, but also bottled jams, preserves, dried fruit, packets of buchu tea, honeybush tea, herbs.

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Verb[edit]

buchu

  1. third-person plural passive of byś