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Definition of oolong

: tea made from leaves that have been partially oxidized before firing

Examples of oolong in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Black Magnolia is a farm-to-table oolong tea, grown and produced in Brookhaven, Mississippi by The Great Mississippi Tea Company. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "Tea is turning up in cocktails all around Dallas," 7 Aug. 2020 Those who prefer to pave their own path can choose from a variety of tea bases, including black, green, oolong and Earl Grey tea, and add a flavor, ranging from kumquat to white chocolate. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "Craving boba tea? These 5 metro Phoenix shops have to-go and delivery options," 4 Aug. 2020 Drinking oolong tea that contains GABA may reduce stress. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "3 Healthy (and Delicious) Teas To Add to Your Diet," 7 Dec. 2019 On Sunday mornings, in lieu of church, Gisin makes a habit of sitting quietly in his chair at home with a mug of oolong tea and contemplating deep conceptual puzzles. Quanta Magazine, "Does Time Really Flow? New Clues Come From a Century-Old Approach to Math.," 7 Apr. 2020 Tea drinkers can also use the thermometer to master the perfect sencha or oolong. Popular Science, "Essentials for the best pour-over coffee," 6 Feb. 2020 And agua fresca with oolong, orange, lemongrass, makrut lime leaf, and mint that’s the drink version of the splashing-water-on-your-face moment in every Neutrogena commercial. The Bon Appétit Staff, Bon Appétit, "The 24 Restaurants We Couldn’t Stop Talking About in 2019," 16 Dec. 2019 How is Cauldron different from rivals: Its unique ice-cream flavors, Ho said, include Sun Moon & Stars, a creamy blend of oolong, jasmine and green tea; and H2O Rose, a delicate floral flavor garnished with a coat of rose sugar. Hang Nguyen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cauldron, home to the viral 'puffle cone' ice cream, opens first San Diego shop," 8 June 2018 Black, darker oolong and herbal teas should be steeped 5 minutes using boiling water. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nothing says royal wedding like a tea party; time to start planning," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of oolong

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oolong

Chinese (Xiamen) oōlióng(dé), literally, black dragon (tea)

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“Oolong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oolong. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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