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1. Any of various American plants of the genus Stevia of the composite family, especially the perennial S. rebaudiana, native to Paraguay, whose leaves contain sweet-tasting glycosides.
2. Any of various extracts derived from the leaves of S. rebaudiana, used as noncaloric sweeteners and flavoring agents.
[New Latin Stevia, genus name, after Petrus Jacobus Stevus, originally Pedro Jaime Esteve (c. 1500-1556), Spanish botanist and the first European to investigate the plants.]
(Plants) any plant of the genus Stevia, of tropical and subtropical America, esp S. rebaudiana, cultivated for its sweet leaves: family Asteraceae (composites)
[C19: named after Pedro Jaime Esteve (1500–56), Spanish botanist]
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|Noun||1.||stevia - any plant of the genus Stevia or the closely related genus Piqueria having glutinous foliage and white or purplish flowers; Central and South America|
genus Stevia - genus of shrubs and herbs of tropical and warm Americas
|2.||stevia - any plant of the genus Piqueria or the closely related genus Stevia|
genus Piqueria, Piqueria - small genus of tropical American perennial herbs or subshrubs with white to pale yellow flowers; often included in genus Stevia