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maté

Pronunciation: mah-ta'

Definition: The dried leaves of Ilex paraguayensis and other species of Ilex (family Aquifoliaceae), shrubs growing in Paraguay and Brazil, which contain caffeine and tannin; used in South American countries as a beverage and medicinally as a diuretic and diaphoretic, and to relieve headache.

Synonym(s): Paraguay tea

[Sp. maté, a vessel in which the leaves are prepared]

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