New Jersey tea

New Jer·​sey tea | \ nü-ˈjər-zē- How to pronounce New Jersey tea (audio) , nyü-\

Definition of New Jersey tea

: a low deciduous shrub (Ceanothus americanus) of the buckthorn family that is found in the eastern U.S. and has dull green leaves and small white flowers borne in large terminal panicles

First Known Use of New Jersey tea

1759, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for New Jersey tea

New Jersey, state of U.S.; from the use of its leaves as a substitute for tea during the American Revolution

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about New Jersey tea

Statistics for New Jersey tea

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for New Jersey tea

The first known use of New Jersey tea was in 1759

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on New Jersey tea

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with New Jersey tea

Comments on New Jersey tea

What made you want to look up New Jersey tea? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


having no luck

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!