\ ˈmä-chə How to pronounce matcha (audio) , ˈma- \
plural matchas

Definition of matcha

: a green powder made from ground green tea leaves that is used to make tea and other beverages and as a flavoring agent Our meal began with matcha, the traditional green tea of the tea ceremony. The powder is spooned into a ceramic bowl, hot water added and the mixture whisked to a frothy jade.— Alan Brown Walk into a coffee shop or peruse Instagram and you're sure to have seen a matcha latte.— Alysha Witwicki also : tea made from matcha At the time, he often experienced midafternoon malaise and began drinking hot matcha on his brother's recommendation. — Jill Radsken

First Known Use of matcha

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for matcha

borrowed from Japanese, from mat-, form in compounding of matsu "to rub, daub, paint" + cha "tea"

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“Matcha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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