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[boh-hee] /boʊˈhi/
an inferior grade of black tea.
Origin of Bohea
dialectal Chinese
1695-1705; < dialectal Chinese (Fujian) Bu-i, mountains on the border of Fujian and Jiangxi provinces, where the tea is grown Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Bohea
Historical Examples
  • Green and Bohea teas were sold at the Boston apothecaries' in 1712.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Bohea tea came in 1713, and in 1715 tea was sold in the coffee-houses.

  • Therefore it was necessary to look up the original Melvill stock of Bohea.

    Tea Leaves Various
  • The consumption at Boston is large, say at least 400 chests Bohea & 50 of Green pr annum.

    Tea Leaves Various
  • Bohea is the name of the hills in the region where it is gathered.

    Tea and Tea Drinking Arthur Reade
  • When this letter was written the price of tea was—Bohea, 12s.

    Cornish Worthies, Volume 2 (of 2) Walter H. Tregellas
  • Sit down then, and behave decently while the Bohea is brewing.

    Mohawks, Volume 3 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Yet I know not if Bohea be not as fatal to the nerves as Hollands.

    Mohawks, Volume 2 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Abigail's package contained a Chinese silk hat, the crown of which was full of Bohea tea.

  • Bohea teas in general ought to be dry, and heavy in the hand: this is a sign that the leaves have been full and juicy.

British Dictionary definitions for Bohea


a black Chinese tea, once regarded as the choicest, but now as an inferior grade
Word Origin
C18: from Chinese (Fukien dialect) bu-i, from Mandarin Chinese Wu-i Shan range of hills on which this tea was grown
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