Definition of stevia in English:



  • A shrub native to tropical and subtropical America, whose leaves may be used as a calorie-free substitute for sugar.

    Genus Stevia, family Compositae, in particular S. rebaudiana

    • ‘Stevia comes directly from the stevia that is grown and used in South America, most notably in Brazil and Paraguay as well as many other countries including Japan.’
    • ‘The area where we're working is full of newly-planted yucca, papayas, sweet potatoes, and herbs like marjoram and stevia as ground cover.’
    • ‘A small, green plant, native to Paraguay, stevia's leaves have a nectar-like taste that can be 30 times sweeter than sugar, depending upon the quality of the leaf.’
    • ‘To sweeten foods and beverages, Nelson suggests using the natural, calorie-free herb stevia.’
    • ‘According to FDA officials, the herb stevia can be ‘adulterated’ merely by being in the presence of information that reveals its sweetening property.’


Modern Latin (genus name), named after Pedro Jaime Esteve (1500–66), Spanish physician and botanist.