yerba maté

noun (1)
yer·​ba ma·​té | \ ˌyer-bə-ˈmä-ˌtā How to pronounce yerba maté (audio) , ˌyər-\

Definition of yerba maté

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: maté

yerba buena

noun (2)
yer·​ba bue·​na | \ ˈyerbəˈbwānə, ˈyər-\

Definition of yerba buena (Entry 2 of 4)

: a trailing perennial evergreen herb (Satureia douglasii) of British Columbia, Idaho, and California that has small white flowers and has been used as an anthelmintic and emmenagogue

yerba mansa

noun (3)
yerba man·​sa | \ -ˈmän(t)sə; -ˈman-\

Definition of yerba mansa (Entry 3 of 4)

: a stoloniferous herb (Anemiopsis californica) of the family Saururaceae of the western U.S. and Mexico with a pungent rootstock and small spicate flowers subtended by a white involucre suggesting an anemone

yerba reuma

noun (4)
yerba reu·​ma | \ -ˈrümə\

Definition of yerba reuma (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : a low Californian undershrub (Frankenia palmeri) densely covered with small leaves and tiny white flowers

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My favorite drink there is a pisco Breezy with yerba mate and soda. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Rising Chicago chef on the city's best spots and bringing spring to Presidio," 7 June 2017 Indulge in items like empanadas, ceviche, salmon, duck breast, chocolate mousse cake and a spiced cake with yerba mate ice cream. $55/person, 5-11 p.m. 4767 N. Lincoln Ave. Grace Wong,, "55 Valentine's Day specials to impress your date," 6 Feb. 2018 Other flavors, like the yerba mate and white tea, are more tea-forward. Danielle Walsh, Bon Appetit, "Is This Sparkling Tea the New La Croix?," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of yerba maté

Noun (1)

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yerba maté

Noun (1)

American Spanish yerba mate, from yerba herb + mate maté

Noun (2)

Spanish, literally, good herb

Noun (3)

modification of Mexican Spanish yerba del manso, literally, farmhouse herb

Noun (4)

modification of Mexican Spanish yerbarreuma, from yerba herb + reuma cold, catarrh, from Latin rheuma

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yerba maté

yer·​ba ma·​té | \ ˌyer-bə-ˈmä-ˌtā, ˌyər-\

Medical Definition of yerba maté

: maté

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