kombucha mush-room

kombucha

[kawm-boo-chah, kuhm-boo-chuh]
noun
1.
Also called kombucha mushroom. a live culture of multiple species of yeast and bacteria, grown to make a mildly alcoholic fermented beverage.
2.
Also called kombucha tea, kombucha mushroom tea. the fermented beverage, made by adding kombucha to sweetened tea.

Origin:
perhaps < Japanese kombu ‘seaweed’ + cha ‘tea’ (from a confusion with ‘kelp tea’)

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