oo·​long | \ ˈü-ˌlȯŋ How to pronounce oolong (audio) \

Definition of oolong

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

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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 But nothing inspires fascination among L.A.’s tea geeks quite like her collection of oolong, an expressive variety that bridges the gap between green tea (unoxidized) and black tea (oxidized). Scott Reitz, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Owner of an SGV Tea Shop Walks Us Through the Wonderful World of Oolong," 13 Feb. 2018 Though green tea gets much of the fanfare, both green and black (as well as oolong and others) come from the same bush, the Camellia Sinensis. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "7 healthy Instant Pot recipes you can make in minutes," 25 Feb. 2018 On a more adventurous note, Scalise says that milk oolongs can also make a big impression on people who don’t know much about tea. Oset Babur, GQ, "How to Get into Tea If You’re Trying to Be Less Addicted to Coffee," 16 Jan. 2018 One of her bestsellers is the Shan Shui, an oolong-and-kumquat masterpiece that’s encased in a Chinese watercolor-esque hard shell glaze. Alex Schechter, Vogue, "These Women Are Transforming Hong Kong’s Culinary Scene With Innovative Drinks, Desserts, and Dinner," 21 Dec. 2017 Newcomers to the expo who are seeking a place to start are often steered toward Fang’s floral and creamy high-mountain oolongs. Max Falkowitz, New York Times, "For Tea Devotees, This Little Shop Is the Place to Be Right Now," 19 Dec. 2017 My family was sipping shooters of oolong tea when an oval platter of Moo Shu Pork hit the circular table with a muffled thud, followed by a sidecar of dark mystery sauce. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "This Is Our Favorite Brand of Hoisin, a Superb Sauce," 24 Mar. 2017

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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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