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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Powdered green tea, used in Japanese tea ceremonies and as a flavoring for sweets and sweet drinks.
  • noun Tea prepared by mixing such powder with hot water.

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  • noun A powdered green tea used in the Japanese tea ceremony.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Japanese (now written with the kanji for matsu, to rub, grind + cha, tea) : matsu, end, tip, fine powder, dust (from Early Middle Chinese mat; also the source of Mandarin , end, tip, nonessentials) + cha, tea; see chanoyu.]

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