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chia

[chee-uh] /ˈtʃi ə/
noun
1.
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.
2.
any of several similar related plants.
3.
a beverage brewed from the seeds of any of these plants.
Origin of chia
1875-1880
1875-80; < Mexican Spanish chía < Nahuatl chiah, chian
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  • The hours of confinement under the chia stalks, together with his previous enervation, had rendered him benumbed and helpless.

    A Prince of Anahuac James A. Porter
  • There were delightful drinks too, from the manzanita and the chia.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Not mine, Venza chia, as you just called it, But my adopted world.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • In poetry, this part of the chia is alluded to in a highly figurative manner.

  • chia then picked up half a brick and laid it on the washing-block, saying to Mr Chên, “This little piece is not too much, surely?”

    Myths and Legends of China E. T. C. Werner
  • He basks in the charming cheeks of the blooming chia, who is a proficient on the lyre.

  • It was the hour of relief for the hapless wanderer hidden out in the chia patch.

    A Prince of Anahuac James A. Porter
  • chia was astonished at this, and begged Mr Chên to tell him how it was done.

    Myths and Legends of China E. T. C. Werner

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