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Tea definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TEA, n.
1. The leaves of the tea-tree as dried and imported. There are several kinds of tea, as imperial tea, hyson and young hyson, called green teas; souchong and bohea, called black teas, etc.
3. Any infusion or decoction of vegetables; as sage tea; camomile tea, etc.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water; "iced tea is a cooling drink"
2: a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes; "an Englishman would interrupt a war to have his afternoon tea" [syn: tea, afternoon tea, teatime]
3: a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India; source of tea leaves; "tea has fragrant white flowers" [syn: tea, Camellia sinensis]
4: a reception or party at which tea is served; "we met at the Dean's tea for newcomers"
5: dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea; "the store shelves held many different kinds of tea"; "they threw the tea into Boston harbor" [syn: tea, tea leaf]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Chinese (Xiamen) Date: circa 1655 1. a. a shrub (Camellia sinensis of the family Theaceae, the tea family) cultivated especially in China, Japan, and the East Indies b. the leaves, leaf buds, and internodes of the tea plant prepared and cured for the market, classed according to method of manufacture into one set of types (as green tea, black tea, or oolong), and graded according to leaf size into another (as orange pekoe, pekoe, or souchong) 2. an aromatic beverage prepared from tea leaves by infusion with boiling water 3. a. any of various plants somewhat resembling tea in properties; also an infusion of their leaves used medicinally or as a beverage b. tea rose 4. a. refreshments usually including tea with sandwiches, crackers, or cookies served in late afternoon b. a reception, snack, or meal at which tea is served 5. slang marijuanatealike adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a (in full tea plant) an evergreen shrub or small tree, Camellia sinensis, of India, China, etc. b its dried leaves. 2 a drink made by infusing tea-leaves in boiling water. 3 a similar drink made from the leaves of other plants or from another substance (camomile tea; beef tea). 4 a a light afternoon meal consisting of tea, bread, cakes, etc. b Brit. a cooked evening meal. --v. (teaed or tea'd) 1 intr. take tea. 2 tr. give tea to (a person). Phrases and idioms: tea and sympathy colloq. hospitable behaviour towards a troubled person. tea bag a small perforated bag of tea for infusion. tea-ball esp. US a ball of perforated metal to hold tea for infusion. tea-bread light or sweet bread for eating at tea. tea break Brit. a pause in work etc. to drink tea. tea caddy a container for tea. tea ceremony an elaborate Japanese ritual of serving and drinking tea, as an expression of Zen Buddhist philosophy. tea chest a light metal-lined wooden box in which tea is transported. tea cloth = tea towel. tea cosy a cover to keep a teapot warm. tea dance an afternoon tea with dancing. tea garden a garden in which afternoon tea is served to the public. tea lady a woman employed to make tea in offices etc. tea-leaf 1 a dried leaf of tea, used to make a drink of tea. 2 (esp. in pl.) these after infusion or as dregs. 3 rhymingsl. a thief. tea party a party at teatime. tea-planter a proprietor or cultivator of a tea plantation. tea rose a hybrid shrub, Rosa odorata, with a scent resembling that of tea. tea towel a towel for drying washed crockery etc. tea-tree Austral. & NZ an aromatic evergreen flowering shrub, Leptospermum scoparium, the manuka. tea trolley (US wagon) a small wheeled trolley from which tea is served. Etymology: 17th-c. tay, tey, prob. f. Du. tee f. Chin. (Amoy dial.) te, = Mandarin dial. cha

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tea Tea, n. [Chin. tsh[=a], Prov. Chin. te: cf. F. th['e].] 1. The prepared leaves of a shrub, or small tree (Thea, or Camellia, Chinensis). The shrub is a native of China, but has been introduced to some extent into some other countries. Note: Teas are classed as green or black, according to their color or appearance, the kinds being distinguished also by various other characteristic differences, as of taste, odor, and the like. The color, flavor, and quality are dependent upon the treatment which the leaves receive after being gathered. The leaves for green tea are heated, or roasted slightly, in shallow pans over a wood fire, almost immediately after being gathered, after which they are rolled with the hands upon a table, to free them from a portion of their moisture, and to twist them, and are then quickly dried. Those intended for black tea are spread out in the air for some time after being gathered, and then tossed about with the hands until they become soft and flaccid, when they are roasted for a few minutes, and rolled, and having then been exposed to the air for a few hours in a soft and moist state, are finally dried slowly over a charcoal fire. The operation of roasting and rolling is sometimes repeated several times, until the leaves have become of the proper color. The principal sorts of green tea are Twankay, the poorest kind; Hyson skin, the refuse of Hyson; Hyson, Imperial, and Gunpowder, fine varieties; and Young Hyson, a choice kind made from young leaves gathered early in the spring. Those of black tea are Bohea, the poorest kind; Congou; Oolong; Souchong, one of the finest varieties; and Pekoe, a fine-flavored kind, made chiefly from young spring buds. See Bohea, Congou, Gunpowder tea, under Gunpowder, Hyson, Oolong, and Souchong. --K. Johnson. Tomlinson. Note: ``No knowledge of . . . [tea] appears to have reached Europe till after the establishment of intercourse between Portugal and China in 1517. The Portuguese, however, did little towards the introduction of the herb into Europe, and it was not till the Dutch established themselves at Bantam early in 17th century, that these adventurers learned from the Chinese the habit of tea drinking, and brought it to Europe.'' --Encyc. Brit. 2. A decoction or infusion of tea leaves in boiling water; as, tea is a common beverage. 3. Any infusion or decoction, especially when made of the dried leaves of plants; as, sage tea; chamomile tea; catnip tea. 4. The evening meal, at which tea is usually served; supper. Arabian tea, the leaves of Catha edulis; also (Bot.), the plant itself. See Kat. Assam tea, tea grown in Assam, in India, originally brought there from China about the year 1850. Australian, or Botany Bay, tea (Bot.), a woody clambing plant (Smilax glycyphylla). Brazilian tea. (a) The dried leaves of Lantana pseodothea, used in Brazil as a substitute for tea. (b) The dried leaves of Stachytarpheta mutabilis, used for adulterating tea, and also, in Austria, for preparing a beverage. Labrador tea. (Bot.) See under Labrador. New Jersey tea (Bot.), an American shrub, the leaves of which were formerly used as a substitute for tea; redroot. See Redroot. New Zealand tea. (Bot.) See under New Zealand. Oswego tea. (Bot.) See Oswego tea. Paraguay tea, mate. See 1st Mate. Tea board, a board or tray for holding a tea set. Tea bug (Zo["o]l.), an hemipterous insect which injures the tea plant by sucking the juice of the tender leaves. Tea caddy, a small box for holding tea. Tea chest, a small, square wooden case, usually lined with sheet lead or tin, in which tea is imported from China. Tea clam (Zo["o]l.), a small quahaug. [Local, U. S.] Tea garden, a public garden where tea and other refreshments are served. Tea plant (Bot.), any plant, the leaves of which are used in making a beverage by infusion; specifically, Thea Chinensis, from which the tea of commerce is obtained. Tea rose (Bot.), a delicate and graceful variety of the rose (Rosa Indica, var. odorata), introduced from China, and so named from its scent. Many varieties are now cultivated. Tea service, the appurtenances or utensils required for a tea table, -- when of silver, usually comprising only the teapot, milk pitcher, and sugar dish. Tea set, a tea service. Tea table, a table on which tea furniture is set, or at which tea is drunk. Tea taster, one who tests or ascertains the quality of tea by tasting. Tea tree (Bot.), the tea plant of China. See Tea plant, above.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tea Tea, n. [Chin. tsh[=a], Prov. Chin. te: cf. F. th['e].] 1. The prepared leaves of a shrub, or small tree (Thea, or Camellia, Chinensis). The shrub is a native of China, but has been introduced to some extent into some other countries. Note: Teas are classed as green or black, according to their color or appearance, the kinds being distinguished also by various other characteristic differences, as of taste, odor, and the like. The color, flavor, and quality are dependent upon the treatment which the leaves receive after being gathered. The leaves for green tea are heated, or roasted slightly, in shallow pans over a wood fire, almost immediately after being gathered, after which they are rolled with the hands upon a table, to free them from a portion of their moisture, and to twist them, and are then quickly dried. Those intended for black tea are spread out in the air for some time after being gathered, and then tossed about with the hands until they become soft and flaccid, when they are roasted for a few minutes, and rolled, and having then been exposed to the air for a few hours in a soft and moist state, are finally dried slowly over a charcoal fire. The operation of roasting and rolling is sometimes repeated several times, until the leaves have become of the proper color. The principal sorts of green tea are Twankay, the poorest kind; Hyson skin, the refuse of Hyson; Hyson, Imperial, and Gunpowder, fine varieties; and Young Hyson, a choice kind made from young leaves gathered early in the spring. Those of black tea are Bohea, the poorest kind; Congou; Oolong; Souchong, one of the finest varieties; and Pekoe, a fine-flavored kind, made chiefly from young spring buds. See Bohea, Congou, Gunpowder tea, under Gunpowder, Hyson, Oolong, and Souchong. --K. Johnson. Tomlinson. Note: ``No knowledge of . . . [tea] appears to have reached Europe till after the establishment of intercourse between Portugal and China in 1517. The Portuguese, however, did little towards the introduction of the herb into Europe, and it was not till the Dutch established themselves at Bantam early in 17th century, that these adventurers learned from the Chinese the habit of tea drinking, and brought it to Europe.'' --Encyc. Brit. 2. A decoction or infusion of tea leaves in boiling water; as, tea is a common beverage. 3. Any infusion or decoction, especially when made of the dried leaves of plants; as, sage tea; chamomile tea; catnip tea. 4. The evening meal, at which tea is usually served; supper. Arabian tea, the leaves of Catha edulis; also (Bot.), the plant itself. See Kat. Assam tea, tea grown in Assam, in India, originally brought there from China about the year 1850. Australian, or Botany Bay, tea (Bot.), a woody clambing plant (Smilax glycyphylla). Brazilian tea. (a) The dried leaves of Lantana pseodothea, used in Brazil as a substitute for tea. (b) The dried leaves of Stachytarpheta mutabilis, used for adulterating tea, and also, in Austria, for preparing a beverage. Labrador tea. (Bot.) See under Labrador. New Jersey tea (Bot.), an American shrub, the leaves of which were formerly used as a substitute for tea; redroot. See Redroot. New Zealand tea. (Bot.) See under New Zealand. Oswego tea. (Bot.) See Oswego tea. Paraguay tea, mate. See 1st Mate. Tea board, a board or tray for holding a tea set. Tea bug (Zo["o]l.), an hemipterous insect which injures the tea plant by sucking the juice of the tender leaves. Tea caddy, a small box for holding tea. Tea chest, a small, square wooden case, usually lined with sheet lead or tin, in which tea is imported from China. Tea clam (Zo["o]l.), a small quahaug. [Local, U. S.] Tea garden, a public garden where tea and other refreshments are served. Tea plant (Bot.), any plant, the leaves of which are used in making a beverage by infusion; specifically, Thea Chinensis, from which the tea of commerce is obtained. Tea rose (Bot.), a delicate and graceful variety of the rose (Rosa Indica, var. odorata), introduced from China, and so named from its scent. Many varieties are now cultivated. Tea service, the appurtenances or utensils required for a tea table, -- when of silver, usually comprising only the teapot, milk pitcher, and sugar dish. Tea set, a tea service. Tea table, a table on which tea furniture is set, or at which tea is drunk. Tea taster, one who tests or ascertains the quality of tea by tasting. Tea tree (Bot.), the tea plant of China. See Tea plant, above.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tea Tea, v. i. To take or drink tea. [Colloq.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(teas) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. Tea is a drink made by adding hot water to tea leaves or tea bags. Many people add milk to the drink and some add sugar. ...a cup of tea... Would you like some tea?... Four or five men were drinking tea from flasks. N-MASS • A cup of tea can be referred to as a tea. Would anybody like a tea or coffee? N-COUNT 2. The chopped dried leaves of the plant that tea is made from is referred to as tea. ...a packet of tea... N-MASS 3. Tea is a meal some people eat in the late afternoon. It consists of food such as sandwiches and cakes, with tea to drink. (BRIT) I'm doing the sandwiches for tea... N-VAR see also afternoon tea, high tea 4. Some people refer to the main meal that they eat in the early part of the evening as tea. (BRIT) At five o'clock he comes back for his tea. N-VAR 5. If you say that someone or something is not your cup of tea, you mean that they are not the kind of person or thing that you like. Politics was not his cup of tea... PHRASE: v-link PHR, usu with brd-neg

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Infusion (especially of the dried leaves of the tea-plant), decoction. 2. (Colloq.) Supper, evening meal.

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