Powdered green tea, used in Japanese tea ceremonies and as a flavoring for sweets and sweet drinks.
Tea prepared by mixing such powder with hot water.
Origin of matcha
- Japanese (now written with the kanji for matsu to rub, grind) (cha tea) matsu end, tip, fine powder, dust (from Early Middle Chinese mat) (also the source of Mandarin mò end, tip, nonessentials) cha tea chanoyu
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition