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  • n. a sweet beverage variously made with rice, chufa or morro seeds, water, sugar, and cinnamon, and sometimes with milk


Catalan (Valencian dialect) orxata, from ordiata, ordi ("barley") + -ata ("-ate, of, made from"), from Latin *hordeata, from hordeum ("barely"). (Wiktionary)



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  • "'...we were walking to the village to drink horchata when we met Dr von Liebig. I asked him to join us.'"
    --P. O'Brian, The Yellow Admiral, 41

    March 19, 2008