The maté is the popular beverage of the country, as it is of nearly the whole of South America.
Tobacco and maté are the only export crops, and they have but little value.
Sometimes tea at four, but very seldom; supper consisted of an asado and maté at seven or eight o'clock.
maté can bear a cost of transport that would be fatal to timber.
While in that country I frequently joined in the social rounds at maté, and finally rejoiced in a bombelia of my own.
The maté is prepared by drying and roasting the leaves, which are then reduced to a powder and made into packages.
They waited for their turn at maté, or ate great chunks of meat from a roast cooked upon a spit, over a fire of bones.
Beside the obraje in the forest there is the yerbal, a works for dealing with the maté (Ilex paraguayensis).
Agricultural colonization in turn will react upon the forestry industry in developing the cultivation of maté.
The maté of commerce has a stimulant principle identical with that of tea and coffee, which is the only reason for its use.
"associate, fellow, comrade," mid-14c., also "companion" (late 14c.), from Middle Low German mate, gemate "one eating at the same table, messmate," from Proto-Germanic *ga-maton "having food (*matiz) together (*ga-)," which is etymologically identical with companion. Cognate with Danish and Swedish mat, German Maat "mate," Dutch maat, from German. 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.
in chess, "a condition of checkmate," c.1300, mat, from Middle French mat, from Old French mater (see mate (v.2)).
c.1500, "to equal, rival," 1590s as "to match, couple, marry, join in marriage," from mate (n.1). Also, of animals, "to pair for the purpose of breeding." Related: Mated; mating.
"checkmate," c.1300, from Old French mater "to checkmate, defeat, overcome," from mat "checkmated" (see checkmate (v.)).
mate 1 (māt)
Either of a pair of animals or birds that associate in order to propagate.
Either of a pair of animals brought together for breeding.
To become joined in marriage.
To be paired for reproducing; breed.
A friend of the same sex; a friend or companion: Give me a hand, mate (1380+)