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Mate is a traditional South American drink, particularly popular in Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. It is made by steeping dried leaves of the yerba mate plant in hot water. The unique aspect of mate is the use of a hollowed-out gourd as the container, known as a "mate." The beverage is sipped through a metal straw with a filter at the bottom, called a "bombilla." The bombilla allows the drinker to enjoy the infused liquid while preventing the consumption of the yerba mate leaves. This social and communal practice is deeply rooted in South American culture, fostering shared moments and connections.