Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various southern African shrubs of the genus Agathosma, especially A. betulina and A. crenulata, whose leaves are used as a mild diuretic and also yield an aromatic oil used for flavoring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A South African shrub in the genus Agathosma.
  • n. Medicinal leaves from the shrub that are often used in brandy; this is an Old Dutch Medicine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A South African shrub (Barosma) with small leaves that are dotted with oil glands; also, the leaves themselves, which are used in medicine for diseases of the urinary organs, etc. Several species furnish the leaves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The leaves of several species of Barosma, shrubby plants at the Cape of Good Hope, having an aromatic taste and penetrating odor, and extensively used in medicine for various disorders of the stomach and urinary organs. See Barosma.

Etymologies

Afrikaans boegoe, probably from Zulu bucu, perhaps ultimately of Khoikhoin origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Khoe buku. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What did they grind there — local herbs, spices from the VOC trade, or medicinal buchu collected on the farm by Khoisan servants?

    Belongings: Property, Family, and Identity in Colonial South Africa

  • In tea or pill form, these herbal preparations include burdock, buchu, cleavers, and horsetail.

    A Health Guide on the Safe and Proper Use of Diuretics

  • Combined with the Hot Hundred herb uva ursi, buchu is best known as a remedy for urinary disorders including cystitis and prostate-related problems.

    Earl Mindell’s New Herb Bible

  • CAUTION: Do not use for kidney infections or if you have any kidney problems, since buchu can be irritating to the kidneys.

    Earl Mindell’s New Herb Bible

  • But I think kimchi has more micronutrients in it, though, bec. there's ginger, hot pepper, buchu (garlic chives, medicinal) and nappa cabbage (as opposed to regular cabbage) has the l. plantarum, a daikon, which is a hugely natural source of probiotics.

    Bees have antibiotics (eek!)

  • Powder or meal was first used in Europe by the Poles, to conceal their scald heads; but the present fashion of using it, as well as the modish method of dressing the hair, must have been borrowed from the Hottentots, who grease their wooly heads with mutton suet and then paste it over with the powder called buchu.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • If the problem involves too much water in the body, diuretic herbs such as dandelion, cleavers, pipsissewa, buchu, fresh cornsilk, barberry, and juniper berries should help.

    THE NATURAL REMEDY BIBLE

  • Some expectorants might be yerba santa, grindelia, or mullein, whereas diuretics would include parsley, buchu, uva ursi, and corn silk.

    THE NATURAL REMEDY BIBLE

  • LAMPARSKY, D. and SCHUDEL, P. (1975) Analysis of buchu leaf oil.

    Chapter 5

  • KLEIN, E. and ROJAHN, W. (1968) The most important constituents of buchu leaf oil.

    Chapter 5

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  • Is huchu onomatopoeic?

    October 28, 2009

  • cf. huchu, Korean for 'black pepper'. I wonder how many other -uchu words there are

    October 28, 2009