stevia

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noun ste·via \ˈstē-vē-ə, -vyə\

Definition of stevia

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Stevia) of composite herbs and shrubs of tropical and subtropical America; especially :  a white-flowered tender perennial (S. rebaudiana) native to Paraguay

  2. 2 :  a white powder composed of one or more intensely sweet glycosides derived from the leaves of a stevia (S. rebaudiana) and used as noncaloric sweetener

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Origin and Etymology of stevia

New Latin, from Petrus Jacobus Stevus (Pedro Jaime Esteve) †1555 Spanish physician and botanist


First Known Use: 1806


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stevia

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noun ste·via \ˈstē-vē-ə\

Medical Definition of stevia

  1. :  a South American perennial shrub (Stevia rebaudiana) of the composite family; also :  a very sweet noncaloric glycoside-containing substance that is obtained from the leaves of the stevia


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