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

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“New Jersey tea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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