[mah-tey, mat-ey, mah-tey]
a tealike South American beverage made from the dried leaves of an evergreen tree.
a South American tree, Ilex paraguariensis, that is the source of this beverage.
the dried leaves of this tree.
Also, mate.

1710–20; < American Spanish mate, orig. the vessel in which the herb is steeped < Quechua mati Unabridged
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mate1 (meɪt)
1.  the sexual partner of an animal
2.  a marriage partner
3.  a.  informal chiefly (Brit), (Austral), (NZ) a friend, usually of the same sex: often used between males in direct address
 b.  (in combination) an associate, colleague, fellow sharer, etc: a classmate; a flatmate
4.  one of a pair of matching items
5.  nautical
 a.  short for first mate
 b.  any officer below the master on a commercial ship
 c.  a warrant officer's assistant on a ship
6.  (in some trades) an assistant: a plumber's mate
7.  archaic a suitable associate
8.  slang (Austral) mate rates the reduced rate charged for work done for a friend
9.  to pair (a male and female animal) or (of animals) to pair for reproduction
10.  to marry or join in marriage
11.  (tr) to join as a pair; match
[C14: from Middle Low German; related to Old English gemetta table-guest, from metemeat]

mate2 (meɪt)
n, —vb
chess See checkmate

maté or mate (ˈmɑːteɪ, ˈmæteɪ, ˈmɑːteɪ, ˈmæteɪ)
1.  an evergreen tree, Ilex paraguariensis, cultivated in South America for its leaves, which contain caffeine: family Aquifoliaceae
2.  a stimulating milky beverage made from the dried leaves of this tree
[C18: from American Spanish (originally referring to the vessel in which the drink was brewed), from Quechua máti gourd]
mate or mate
[C18: from American Spanish (originally referring to the vessel in which the drink was brewed), from Quechua máti gourd]

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Word Origin & History

"companion, associate, fellow, comrade," late 14c., from M.L.G. mate, gemate "one eating at the same table, messmate," from P.Gmc. *ga-maton "having food (*matiz) together (*ga-)," which is etymologically identical with companion (q.v.). Meaning "one of a wedded pair"
is attested from 1540s. Used as a form of address by sailors, laborers, etc., since at least mid-15c. Meaning "officer on a merchant vessel is from late 15c. The verb, of animals, "to pair for the purpose of breeding" is first recorded c.1600. The verb in chess (early 14c.) is short for checkmate (q.v.) and is not related.
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Medical Dictionary

mate 1 (māt)

  1. A spouse.

  2. Either of a pair of animals or birds that associate in order to propagate.

  3. Either of a pair of animals brought together for breeding.

v. mat·ed, mat·ing, mates
  1. To become joined in marriage.

  2. To be paired for reproducing; breed.

  3. To copulate.

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