stevia

stevia

[stee-vee-uh, stev-ee-uh]
noun
1.
a South American perennial shrub, Stevia rebaudiana, having small, white flowers and sweet-tasting leaves.
2.
a noncaloric, powdered sweetener made from glycoside extracts of the leaves of this shrub.

Origin:
1805–10; < New Latin, from the name of Petrus Jacobus Stevus (Pedro Jaime Esteve), died 1555, Spanish physician and botanist

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stevia

noun
1. any plant of the genus Stevia or the closely related genus Piqueria having glutinous foliage and white or purplish flowers; Central and South America 
2. any plant of the genus Piqueria or the closely related genus Stevia 
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