tea ball


: a perforated metal ball that holds tea leaves and is used in brewing tea in a pot or cup

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This entire tool, including its 2-inch tea ball infuser, is made of stainless steel. Adria Greenhauff, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Nov. 2022 To cold brew tea, fill a jar with cold water and add tea bags or loose-leaf tea, which can be held in a tea ball or reusable muslin tea bag for easier straining. Casey Barber, CNN, 13 June 2022 Once cooled, put them in a coffee filter bag or tea ball. Amelia Goe, The Arizona Republic, 20 Nov. 2021 The handle of this contraption twists to open the infuser basket at the tip, turning the spherical tea ball into a hemispherical tea scoop. Michael Calore, Wired, 8 Nov. 2021 Put the coffee beans in a large tea ball or tie them up in a piece of cheesecloth. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021 This loose tea sampler includes 6 teas of your choosing and a tea ball to make nearly 30 cups. Cheyann Neades, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Apr. 2021 The tea ball is so potent, it can be steeped up to five times without losing its essence. Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2019 According to Shaoxing News, a teen amassed about 100 undigested bubble tea balls inside of her stomach. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, 12 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tea ball was in 1886

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“Tea ball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tea%20ball. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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