- a plant, Salvia columbariae, of the mint family, native to the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, having mostly basal, oblong leaves and small blue flowers: the seeds are used as food and as the source of a beverage.
- any of several similar related plants.
- a beverage brewed from the seeds of any of these plants.
Origin of chia
1875–80; < Mexican Spanish chía < Nahuatl chiah, chian
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Examples from the Web for chia
Seek out varieties that include seeds—like flax, chia and sesame—which add nutrients including omega-3s and protein.How to Buy Gluten-Free Without Getting Duped
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Mix it together and let it sit for about ten minutes so the chia seeds can saturate.Four Fatty (But Healthy!) Power Meals to Fuel Your Day
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There were delightful drinks too, from the manzanita and the chia.Her Father's Daughter
Not mine, Venza chia, as you just called it, But my adopted world.Wandl the Invader
Raymond King Cummings
In poetry, this part of the chia is alluded to in a highly figurative manner.Fir-Flower Tablets
Chia or Chin, the moon, floods earth out of spite.Peruvians.An Introduction to Mythology
He basks in the charming cheeks of the blooming Chia, who is a proficient on the lyre.The Works of Horace