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black tea

a tea that has been allowed to wither and ferment under controlled conditions before being subjected to a heating process that stops fermentation and turns the leaves black.
Compare green tea.
Origin of black tea
First recorded in 1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They are shrivelled sticks—like bits of black tea in the canister.

    Proserpina, Volume 1 John Ruskin
  • "Why, this is a mixture of green and black tea," said Bettina.

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
  • There is black tea also, but in small quantities and expensive.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • As previously stated, green tea contains 20% of tannin, and black tea 10%.

    Legal Chemistry A. Naquet
  • Order me a good cup of black tea and you shall have as good a fortune as I can bring you.

    Gypsy Flight Roy J. Snell
  • Will you have another whisky-and-selz, Ancram, or will you try some black tea?

    In the Whirl of the Rising Bertram Mitford
  • When she handed him his cup, Chesney gulped the hot, black tea eagerly.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • Both theine and tannin are more abundant in green than in black tea.

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • "I'm sorry we have no milk to offer you," laughed Stephen, passing the parson a cup of black tea.

    The Fourth Watch H. A. Cody
  • There are two distinct varieties of tea, and each one may be used for the preparation of either green or black tea.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

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