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A bombilla (Spanish), bomba (Portuguese) or masassa (Arabic) is type of drinking straw, used to drink mate. Bombillas contain a filter in the lower end to separate the mate infusion from leaves and stems. Traditional bombillas are made of alpacca silver, a metal alloy of copper and nickel, while other common materials are stainless steel and hollow-stemmed cane.
- Diccionario de la lengua española. "Diccionario de la lengua española | Real Academia Española". Lema.rae.es. Retrieved 2013-12-16.