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black tea

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  1. 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • In the black-tea districts, as in the green, large quantities of young plants are yearly raised from seeds.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 442


  • Fu-chow was the black-tea port of China at that time, and it had been opened just two years before.

  • There is not so much care taken in sorting the produce of the black-tea tree.