yerba

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English[edit]

A yerba bush

Etymology[edit]

From yerba mate.

Noun[edit]

yerba (usually uncountable, plural yerbas)

  1. Ilex paraguariensis, a species of holly native to southern South America; or the dried leaves and twigs of this plant, used to make the caffeine-rich beverage maté.
    • 1839, Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle[1]:
      The storehouses at Talcahuano had been burst open, and great bags of cotton, yerba, and other valuable merchandise were scattered on the shore.
    • 1854, P. L. Simmonds, The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom[2]:
      This was the place at which the leaves and small sprigs of the yerba tree, when brought from the woods, were first scorched--fire being set to the logs of wood within it.
    • 1910, Various, Argentina From A British Point Of View[3]:
      His preparations for breakfast are simple, and he is ready to start out after half an hour spent in imbibing a few mates full of yerba infusion.

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Aragonese[edit]

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Noun[edit]

yerba f

  1. grass

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Asturian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin herba.

Noun[edit]

yerba f (plural yerbes)

  1. grass

Istriot[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin herba.

Noun[edit]

yerba f

  1. grass

Papiamentu[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Spanish yerba and hierba.

Noun[edit]

yerba

  1. grass
  2. herb

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See hierba.

Pronunciation[edit]

 
  • IPA(key): (everywhere but Argentina and Uruguay) /ˈʝeɾba/, [ˈɟ͡ʝeɾ.β̞a]
  • IPA(key): (Buenos Aires and environs) /ˈʃeɾba/, [ˈʃeɾ.β̞a]
  • IPA(key): (elsewhere in Argentina and Uruguay) /ˈʒeɾba/, [ˈʒeɾ.β̞a]

Noun[edit]

yerba f (plural yerbas)

  1. Alternative form of hierba
    • 1605, Miguel de Cervantes, “Capítulo XX”, in El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha, Primera parte:
      No es posible, señor mío, sino que estas yerbas dan testimonio de que por aquí cerca debe de estar alguna fuente o arroyo que estas yerbas humedece;
      It cannot be, my lord, but that this grass gives proof that there must be nearby some spring or brook to give it moisture;
  2. yerba (Ilex paraguariensis)
  3. tarantula

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