Definition of chia in US English:



  • A plant of the mint family with clusters of small two-lipped purple flowers. Chia is common throughout California and the Great Basin.

    Salvia columbariae, family Labiatae

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Speckled red liquid signifies a drink made from chia seed - too sweet, alas, to allow a distinctive taste profile to shine through.’
    • ‘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.’