- 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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Examples from the Web for buchu
Columbian spirits, caramel, cinnamon and cardamom, and a touch of the buchu.The Clarion
Samuel Hopkins Adams
Therefore, my baasjes, Outa cooks bossies from the veld to rub on—buchu and kookamakranka and karroo bossies.
Outa will tell the baasjes about them another night, but now he must go quick—quick and let Lys rub his back with buchu.
It should be given in conjunction with the infusions of uva ursi, Pareira brava, or buchu.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
The British Pharmacopoeia contains an infusion and tincture of buchu.
- any of several S. African rutaceous shrubs of the genus Barosma, esp B. betulina, whose leaves are used as an antiseptic and diuretic
C18: from a South African Bantu name