kombucha

[ kawm-boo-chah, kuhm-boo-chuh ]
/ kɔmˈbu tʃɑ, kəmˈbu tʃə /

noun

a mildly alcoholic fermented beverage made by adding a live culture of yeast and bacteria to sweetened tea.See also SCOBY.

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Also called kom·bu·cha tea [kawm-boo-chah tee, kuhm-boo-chuh], /kɔmˈbu tʃɑ ˈti, kəmˈbu tʃə/, kom·bu·cha mush·room tea [kawm-boo-chah muhsh-room tee, muhsh-room, kuhm-boo-chuh] /kɔmˈbu tʃɑ ˈmʌʃ rum ˈti, ˈmʌʃ rʊm, kəmˈbu tʃə/ .

Origin of kombucha

First recorded in 1900–05; probably an English misapplication or misunderstanding of Japanese kombu “seaweed” + cha “tea”
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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