noun cha·no·yu \¦chänō¦yü\

Definition of chanoyu



  1. :  a Japanese ceremony consisting of the serving and taking of tea in accordance with an elaborate ritual

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Origin and Etymology of chanoyu

Japanese, from cha tea (from Chinese ch'a2) + no of + yu hot water — more at tea

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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