Definition of buchu in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌkuː/


1A heather-like South African shrub which is cultivated for its essential oil and as an ornamental.
  • Genus Agathosma (or Barosma) and Diosma, family Rutaceae.
Example sentences
  • In the Western Cape you have serious problems with the removal of buchu.
  • People also hunt for ferns, orchids, arum lilies and buchu.
  • Companion plants that look good with the dwarf coral tree include Helichrysum cymosum, buchu, crocosmia and the blombos
1.1 [mass noun] A diuretic drug made from the powdered leaves of the buchu.
Example sentences
  • Uva ursi and buchu Leaf are said to have diuretic, antiseptic and astringent properties, while Counchgrass is a soothing diuretic specific to cystitis.
  • Uva ursi, juniper berry, and buchu leaf all cause the body to lose water.
  • Precaution: If you have kidney problems such as pain while urinating, blood in your urine do not take Buchu.


Mid 18th century: from Khoikhoi.

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