kombucha

noun
kom·​bu·​cha | \ ˌkäm-ˈbü-chə How to pronounce kombucha (audio) , -shə\

Definition of kombucha

: a gelatinous mass of symbiotic bacteria (as Acetobacter xylinum) and yeasts (as of the genera Brettanomyces and Saccharomyces) grown to produce a fermented beverage held to confer health benefits This tea's namesake ingredient, kombucha, is a mixed culture of yeasts and bacteria, often incorrectly called a mushroom.Self Healing also : a somewhat effervescent beverage prepared by fermenting kombucha with black or green tea and sugar The rise in kombucha's popularity is part of a larger trend in "probiotic" foods containing bacteria, which some studies suggest benefit digestion and boost the immune system. — Malia Wollan

First Known Use of kombucha

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kombucha

probably misapplication of Japanese konbucha, kobucha "tea made from kelp," from kobu, konbu "kelp" + cha "tea"

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kombucha

noun
kom·​bu·​cha | \ ˌkäm-ˈbü-shə How to pronounce kombucha (audio) , -chə How to pronounce kombucha (audio) \

Medical Definition of kombucha

: a gelatinous mass of symbiotic bacteria (as Acetobacter xylinum) and yeasts (as of the genera Brettanomyces and Saccharomyces) grown to produce a fermented beverage held to confer health benefits also : the beverage prepared by fermenting kombucha with black tea and sugar

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