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chia

[ chee-uh ]
/ ˈtʃi ə /
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noun

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.

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Origin of chia

1875–80; <Mexican Spanish chía<Nahuatl chiah, chian
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