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  1. (British) a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes; "an Englishman would interrupt a war to have his afternoon tea" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India; source of tea leaves; "tea has fragrant white flowers" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea; "the store shelves held many different kinds of tea"; "they threw the tea into Boston harbor" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water; "iced tea is a cooling drink" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a reception or party at which tea is served; "we met at the Dean's tea for newcomers" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes; "an Englishman would interrupt a war to have his afternoon tea" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. A decoction or infusion of tea leaves in boiling water; as, tea is a common beverage. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Any infusion or decoction, especially when made of the dried leaves of plants; as, sage tea; chamomile tea; catnip tea. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The evening meal, at which tea is usually served; supper. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To take or drink tea. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. The prepared leaves of a shrub, or small tree (Thea, Camellia, Chinensis). The shrub is a native of China, but has been introduced to some extent into some other countries. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. The infusion of leaves of CAMELLIA SINENSIS (formerly Thea sinensis) as a beverage, the familiar Oriental tea, which contains CATECHIN (especially epigallocatechin gallate) and CAFFEINE. Medical Dictionary DB
  13. A shrub or small tree cultivated in China, etc., for its leaves; the dried leaves of the tea plant; the drink obtained by pouring hot water on these leaves; in England, a late afternoon meal at which tea is served; in the United States, supper. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. 1. The dried leaves of Thea sinensis, a shrub of China and southern and southeastern Asia and Japan; its chief constituent, upon which its stimulating action largely depends, is the alkaloid theine (caffeine) which is present in amount of from 1 to 4 per cent. 2. The infusion made by pouring boiling water upon tea leaves. 3. Any infusion or decoction made extemporaneously, usually with herbs used in domestic medicine, or with the "species" of the P.G. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  15. The dried leaves of a shrub in China and Japan: an infusion of the leaves in boiling water: any vegetable infusion. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. A Chinese shrub, or an infusion of its leaves; any vegetable infusion for drinking. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. An evergreen Chinese or Japanese shrub. Teaplant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. The prepared leaves of this plant, or an infusion of them. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. A light evening meal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. The dried leaves of the tea-tree, the produce of China and the East; a decoction or infusion of tea-leaves in boiling water; any infusion or decoction of vegetables; the afternoon repast. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. The prepared leaves of a shrub, or small tree (Thea Chinensis or Camellia Chinensis). The shrub is a native of China, but has been introduced to some extent into some other countries. dictgcide_fs
  22. t[=e], n. the dried leaves of a shrub in China, Japan, Assam, and Ceylon: an infusion of the leaves in boiling water: any vegetable infusion.--ns. TEA'-BREAD, light spongy bread or buns to be eaten with tea; TEA'-CADD'Y, a caddy or small box for holding tea; TEA'-CAKE, a light cake to be eaten with tea; TEA'-CAN'ISTER, an air-tight jar or box for holding tea; TEA'-CHEST, a chest or case in which tea is imported; TEA'-CLIP'PER, a fast-sailing ship in the tea-trade; TEA'-C[=O]'SY (see COSY); TEA'-CUP, a small cup used in drinking tea; TEA'-DEAL'ER, one who buys and sells tea; TEA'-FIGHT (slang), a tea-party; TEA'-GAR'DEN, a public garden where tea and other refreshments are served; TEA'-GOWN, a loose gown for wearing at afternoon tea at home; TEA'-HOUSE, a Chinese or Japanese house for tea, &c.; TEA'-KETT'LE, a kettle in which to boil water for making tea; TEA'-LEAD, thin sheet-lead, used in lining tea-chests; TEA'-PAR'TY, a social gathering at which tea is served, also the persons present; TEA'-PLANT, the plant or shrub from which tea is obtained; TEA'-POT, a pot or vessel in which the beverage tea is made; TEA'-SAU'CER, a saucer in which a tea-cup is set; TEA'-SER'VICE, -SET, the utensils necessary for a tea-table; TEA'-SPOON, a small spoon used with the tea-cup, smaller still than the dessert-spoon; TEA'-STICK, a stick cut from the Australian tea-tree; TEA'-T[=A]'BLE, a table at which tea is drunk; TEA'-TAST'ER, one who ascertains the quality of tea by tasting it.--n.pl. TEA'-THINGS, the tea-pot, cups, &c.--ns. TEA'-TREE, the common tea-plant or shrub; a name of various Australian myrtaceous and other plants; TEA'-URN, a vessel for boiling water or keeping it hot, used on the tea-table.--BLACK TEA, that which in the process of manufacture is fermented between rolling and firing (heating with charcoal in a sieve), while GREEN TEA is that which is fired immediately after rolling. Among black teas are bohea, congou, souchong, and pekoe; among green, hyson, imperial, and gunpowder. The finest black is Pekoe; the finest green, Gunpowder. [From South Chinese te (pron. t[=a]), the common form being ch'a or ts'a.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  23. [Chinese] The dried leaves of Thea (Camellia) Chinensis, a Chinese shrub. They contain Theine (identified with caffeine) and tannic acid, and are used in infusion as a mental stimulant and exhilarant. They restrain tissue-waste and thus replace food. na
  24. [Chinese] Any infusion used freely as a beverage. na
  25. (Also t.-plant) shrub or small tree of camellia family grown in China, India, &c.; leaves of this dried& prepared for use (black, green, t., prepared by different processes; bohea, congou, souchong, pekoe, &c., t., kinds of black, hyson, gunpowder, &c., t., kinds of green; tile t., in BRICK form); infusion or decoction of t.-leaves as beverage; infusion &c. of leaves of other plants or of other substance, as BEEF, CAMOMILE, t.; light afternoon meal with t., esp. five-o\'-clock t.; (also high t.) solid evening meal with t.; t.-caddy; t.-cake, kinds of cake eaten toasted or otherwise at t.; t.-chest, light lead-lined wooden box in which t. is exported; t.-cloth (for t.-table or -tray); t.-cup, cup in which tea is drunk (storm in a t.-c., commotion in circumscribed circle or about trivial matter), (as measure, also teacupful) gill; t.-fight (colloq.), t.-party; t.-garden (in which t. is served to the public); t.-gown, woman\'s loose gown worn at t. &c.; t.-house (in which t. &c. is served in China& Japan); t.-kettle (used in making t.); t.-leaf, leaf of t. esp. (pl.) after infusion or soaking; t.-party (at which t. is served); t.-pot, vessel in which t. is made; t.-rose, kinds with scent compared to that of t.; t.-service, -set, t.-pot, cups, &c., used in serving t.; t.-SPOON; t.-table (often attrib., as t.-t. conversation); t.-things,= t.-set; t.-tray (on which t.-set is used or carried); t.-urn, for boiling or holding water for t. (Vb) take t., as we t. at 4; give t. to (person). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  26. Leaves of Thea chinensis: conservant, stimulant, and exhilarant. American pocket medical dictionary.
  27. The dried leaves of Camellia thea and its varieties, often further aromatized with the flowers or leaves of the rose, jasmine, sweet-scented olive, etc. T. contains from 1.5 to 4 per cent. of caffein, a volatile oil, and a variable amount of tannin; very little of the latter is extracted when the leaf is infused for a minute or two minutes. There are many commercial varieties of t. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  28. June 29, 1767, at the instance of Lord North, Parliament passed an act levying a high duty on tea imported into the colonies. In 1769 the citizens of Boston sent vigorous resolutions to the King denouncing this act. It was partially repealed in 1770, but the East India Company was later assisted by the Government in shipping a surplus quantity of tea to Boston. December 1, 1773, the citizens of Boston held a meeting to consult concerning the most effectual method of preventing the landing of this tea. Another meeting was held December 10, and parties of citizens disguised as "Mohawks," made a raid upon the vessels and threw the tea overboard. In several of the other colonies the landing of tea was prohibited and the cargoes sent whence they came. Dictionary of United States history
  29. n. [Chinese] The leaves of a shrub or small tree, a native of China and Japan;- a decoction or infusion of the dried leaves of tea in boiling water;-any infusion or decoction, especially when made of the dried leaves of plants;- the evening meal, at which tea is usually served. Cabinet Dictionary

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