- 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
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Examples from the Web for black tea
In the black-tea districts, as in the green, large quantities of young plants are yearly raised from seeds.
Fu-chow was the black-tea port of China at that time, and it had been opened just two years before.My Life in Many States and in Foreign Lands
George Francis Train
There is not so much care taken in sorting the produce of the black-tea tree.