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yerba ma·te(mä′tā) also yerba ma·té (mä-tā′)
[American Spanish : yerba, herb (from Latin herba, herb) + mate, calabash container used for mate, mate (from Quechua mati, calabash container).]
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n., v. mat•ed, mat•ing. n.
1. a husband or wife; spouse.
2. one member of a pair of mated animals.
3. one of a pair: a mate of a glove.
5. an associate or companion.
a. first mate.
b. an assistant to a warrant officer or other functionary on a ship.
7. an aide, as to a skilled worker.
8. Archaic. peer; match.v.t.
9. to join as mates.
10. to bring (animals) together for breeding.
11. to join or associate suitably; couple.
12. to treat as comparable.v.i.
13. to become mated.
14. to copulate.
15. to marry.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle Low German; replacing Middle English mette, Old English gemetta messmate, guest; akin to meat]
n., v.t. mat•ed, mat•ing,
[1175–1225; Middle English mat defeated (adj.), defeat (n.) < Old French « Persian]
or ma•te(ˈmɑ teɪ, ˈmæt eɪ, mɑˈteɪ)
n., pl. -tés or -tes.
1. a South American holly tree, Ilex paraguariensis.
2. the dried leaves of this tree.
3. a tealike South American beverage made from these leaves.Also called yerba maté.
[1710–20; < American Spanish mate, orig. the vessel in which the herb is steeped < Quechua mati]
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