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A bombilla (Spanish), bomba (Portuguese) or masassa (Arabic) is type of drinking straw, used to drink mate. Bombillas contains a filter in the lower extreme to filter the mate infusion from leaves and stems. Traditional bombillas are made of alpacca silver, a metal alloy of copper and nickel. Other common materials for bombillas are stainless steel and hollow-stemmed cane.
The Spanish term is also used for electric light bulbs, the shape of which recalls the bulb-shaped filter-bottom of the mate drinking straw.