Definition of chia in English:



  • 1

    (also chia seed)
    The small oval dark or pale brown seed of a flowering plant of the mint family, used in various foods to add fiber and micronutrients.

    The seeds are obtained from Salvia hispanica (family Lamiaceae), originating in Central America and widely cultivated, and Salvia columbariae (golden chia), native to Mexico and the southern US

  • 2Either of the plants from which chia seeds are obtained.

    ‘These include amaranth, chia, buckwheat, and quinoa.’
    • ‘The chia, for instance, has exquisite flowers that look like mini-orchids unfolding from a pointed purple sphere.’
    • ‘I keep my fat intake low, and besides hidden fats in chicken, beef and fish, I take in essential fatty acids only through flaxseed oil, chia seeds and essential fatty acid capsules.’
    • ‘Speckled red liquid signifies a drink made from chia seed - too sweet, alas, to allow a distinctive taste profile to shine through.’



/ˈCHēə/ /ˈtʃiə/