[kawm-boo-chah, kuh m-boo-chuh]
- Also called kombucha mushroom. a live culture of multiple species of yeast and bacteria, grown to make a mildly alcoholic fermented beverage.
- Also called kombucha tea, kombucha mushroom tea. the fermented beverage, made by adding kombucha to sweetened tea.
Origin of kombucha
perhaps < Japanese kombu ‘seaweed’ + cha ‘tea’ (from a confusion with ‘kelp tea’)
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Examples from the Web for kombucha
Some say kombucha was brought to Russia by Manchurian traders.
Having given up caffeine, she had heard that kombucha produced a light buzz.
Its authors speculate that kombucha “may be very healthful” in combating yeast infections, thrush, and other forms of candidiasis.
Kombucha was withdrawn from Whole Foods and other stores in the summer of 2010 due to concerns over its alcohol content.