ste·vi·a (stēvē-ə, stĕvē-ə)
1. Any of various American plants of the genus Stevia of the composite family, especially the perennial S. rebaudiana, native to Paraguay, whose leaves contain sweet-tasting glycosides.
2. Any of various extracts derived from the leaves of S. rebaudiana, used as noncaloric sweeteners and flavoring agents.
[New Latin Stevia, genus name, after Petrus Jacobus Stevus, originally Pedro Jaime Esteve (c. 1500-1556), Spanish botanist and the first European to investigate the plants.]
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