a plant, Salvia columbariae, of the mint family, native to the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, having mostly basal, oblong leaves and small blue flowers: the seeds are used as food and as the source of a beverage.
any of several similar related plants.
a beverage brewed from the seeds of any of these plants.

1875–80; < Mexican Spanish chía < Nahuatl chiah, chian Unabridged
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For dessert there is yellow watermelon and a tropical-tasting drink made with wild chia seeds.
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