tea

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noun \ ˈtē \

Definition of tea

1 a :a widely cultivated shrub (Camellia sinensis of the family Theaceae, the tea family) native to China, northern India, and southeastern Asia and having glossy green leaves and fragrant white flowers
b :the leaves, leaf buds, and internodes of the tea plant prepared for use in beverages usually by immediate curing by heat or by such curing following a period of fermentation
Note: Tea may be classified according to its method of manufacture (see black tea, green tea, oolong, white tea) or according to the leaf size of the plant it is produced from (see orange pekoe, pekoe, souchong).
2 :an aromatic beverage prepared from tea leaves by soaking them in boiling water
3 a :any of various plants used like tea; also :a drink prepared by soaking their parts (such as leaves or roots) and used medicinally or as a beverage
  • mint tea
  • an herbal tea
4 a :refreshments usually including tea with sandwiches, crackers, or cookies served in late afternoon
b :a reception, snack, or meal at which tea is served
5 slang :marijuana

tealike

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Examples of tea in a Sentence

  1. Let's meet for tea tomorrow.

  2. That shop does a great afternoon tea.

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Origin and Etymology of tea

Chinese (Xiamen)



TEA Defined for English Language Learners

tea

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Definition of tea for English Language Learners

  • : a drink that is made by soaking the dried leaves of an Asian plant in hot water

  • : a similar drink that is made by using the dried leaves of another kind of plant

  • : the dried leaves that are used in making tea


TEA Defined for Kids

tea

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noun \ ˈtē \

Definition of tea for Students

1 :the dried leaves and leaf buds of a shrub widely grown in eastern and southern Asia
2 :a drink made by soaking tea in boiling water
3 :refreshments often including tea served in late afternoon
4 :a party at which tea is served
5 :a drink or medicine made by soaking plant parts (as dried roots)
  • ginger tea

Medical Dictionary

tea

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noun \ ˈtē \

medical Definition of tea

1 a :a shrub (Camellia sinensis of the family Theaceae, the tea family) cultivated especially in China, Japan, and the East Indies
b :the prepared and cured leaves, leaf buds, and internodes of the tea plant
2 :a mildly stimulating aromatic beverage prepared from tea leaves by infusion with boiling water
3 :any of various plants resembling tea in properties; also :an infusion of their leaves used medicinally or as a beverage

TEA

abbreviation

medical Definition of TEA

tetraethylammonium


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