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Chicha \Chi"cha\, n. [Sp.] See Chica. [1913 Webster] ||


n. A fermented beverage, most commonly made from maize, grape or apple.


n. an oriental tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water; "a bipolar world with the hookah and Turkish coffee versus hamburgers and Coca Cola" [syn: hookah, narghile, nargileh, sheesha, shisha, calean, kalian, water pipe, hubble-bubble, hubbly-bubbly]


In South and Central America, chicha is a fermented or non-fermented beverage usually derived from maize. Chicha includes corn beer known as chicha de jora and non-alcoholic beverages such as chicha morada. Chichas can also be made from manioc root (also called yuca or cassava), grape, apple or various other fruits.

While chicha is most commonly associated with maize, the word is used in the Andes for almost any homemade fermented drink, and many unfermented drinks. Many different grains or fruits are used to make chicha in different regions.

Usage examples of "chicha".

They seldom laugh or smile, even under the inspiration of chicha, and months of intercourse with them did not discover to us the power of song, though Villavicencio says they do sometimes intone fragments of prose in their festival orgies.

Indians to take their fill of chicha, and bid their friends good-by, and we to call the roll and take an inventory.

Out of feast-time they are out of town, and during the festival they are loth to leave, or are so full of chicha they do not know what they want.

We had to wait, however, two days for the Indians to prepare their chicha for the journey and to cover the canoes with palm awnings.

Our Indian quartet, after several last drinks of chicha, bade their friends farewell by clasping hands, one kissing the joined hands, and then the other.

But shortly after we left, one of them, who was literally filled with chicha, dropped his paddle and tumbled into a heap at the bottom of the canoe, dead drunk.

But the owner of the heap coolly separates the animal from the vegetable, adds a little water, and drinks his chicha without ceremony.

The women do most of the work, while their lazy lords drink up the chicha and swing in their hammocks, or possibly do a little hunting.

On a little grassy knoll just outside the town our train halted for a moment--the Indians to take their fill of chicha, and bid their friends good-by, and we to call the roll and take an inventory.

At different points down the river they deposited pots of chicha for use on their return.

On the rare occasion that the Benji women had any extra chicha, they sold it to Fiona, and she always saved a pitcher of two for Max.

Its burbling stream, fresh from the Huatanay, might at least be cleaner than most European water supplies of the time, but he had arranged to have some chicha poured about them when they were dumped.

The Indians of Nicaragua make a powerful chicha, a liquor from fresh ginger, as well as the more traditional corn chicha distilled by many Latin American Indians.

She and I then went hunting for a chicha, a water pipe, something she said Curtis wanted, and I helped her distinguish the good ones from the junk made for the tourist trade.

Turkish coffee and smoking the chicha, then past the gargotes, where the aroma of kebabs and kefta wafted into the street.