- a South American perennial shrub, Stevia rebaudiana, having small, white flowers and sweet-tasting leaves.
- a noncaloric, powdered sweetener made from glycoside extracts of the leaves of this shrub.
Origin of stevia
1805–10; < New Latin, from the name of Petrus Jacobus Stevus (Pedro Jaime Esteve), died 1555, Spanish physician and botanist
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