Borrowed from Spanish horchata, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *hordeata (“(drink, food) made of barley”), from hordeum (“barley”), either via Catalan/Valencian orxata (possibly via a Mozarabic source), or via Italian orzata.
- A sweet beverage variously made with rice, chufa or morro seeds (or, historically, barley), water, sugar, and cinnamon, and sometimes with milk.
- 2011, Miguel-Angel Galindo, Domingo Ribeiro, Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economics: New Perspectives, Practices, and Policies, Springer Science & Business Media, →ISBN, page 66:
- Manufacturers from the villages surrounding the capital of the region came each day to the city of Valencia with carts pulled by donkeys to sell fresh horchata, tiger nuts and barley water.
- For more quotations using this term, see Citations:horchata.
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Possibly from Catalan/Valencian 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 (“barley water”).
horchata f (plural horchatas)
- horchata (sweet beverage)