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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
1875-1880
1875-80; < Mexican Spanish chía < Nahuatl chiah, chian
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