[ boo-koo, byoo-kyoo ]
/ ˈbu ku, ˈbyu kyu /


any of several southern African citrus shrubs of the genus Agathosma or the genus Diosma, especially A. betulina, A. crenulata, or D. ericoides, whose leaves yield a dark-colored oil formerly used as a urinary antiseptic and mild diuretic.

Origin of buchu

1725–35; < Afrikaans (now spelling boegoe) < Khoikhoi, first attested as boggoa (1668)
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/ (ˈbuːkuː) /


any of several S. African rutaceous shrubs of the genus Barosma, esp B. betulina, whose leaves are used as an antiseptic and diuretic

Word Origin for buchu

C18: from a South African Bantu name
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