ma·te 3 (mätā) also ma·té (mä-tĕ)
1. An evergreen shrub or small tree (Ilex paraguariensis) of South America, widely cultivated for its leaves, which are used to prepare a tealike beverage.
2. A tealike beverage, popular in South America, made from the dried leaves of this plant.Also called Paraguay tea, yerba mate.
3. An oval or rounded container or cup, traditionally made from a hollow calabash, in which this tea is prepared and served.
[American Spanish , from Quechua mati, calabash container.]
(click for a larger image)mate3
bombilla (foreground) and mate cup(background)
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