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Different types of bombillas, with a common matchstick
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.
The Spanish term is also used for electric lightbulbs, bombilla eléctrica, being a diminutive of bomba.