Borrowed from Spanish horchata, from Catalan (Valencian dialect) orxata (possibly via a Mozarabic source), from Vulgar Latin *hordeata (“(drink, food) made of barley”), from hordeum (“barley”). Alternatively the Spanish derived from Italian orzata.
- A sweet beverage variously made with rice, chufa or morro seeds, water, sugar, and cinnamon, and sometimes with milk.
Possibly from Catalan (Valencian dialect) orxata (possibly via a Mozarabic source), from Vulgar Latin *hordeata, from Latin hordeum (“barley”). However, the word was attested relatively late in Catalan as well (17th-18th century), so this is uncertain. Alternatively, it may be of Italian origin; cf. orzata.
horchata f (plural horchatas)
- horchata (sweet beverage)
- “horchata” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.