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[she] /ʃɛ/
noun, plural chais
[she] /ʃɛ/ (Show IPA).
a shed or other aboveground building where a winemaker stores wine in casks.


[chahy] /tʃaɪ/
a drink of tea made with cardamom and various other spices, milk, and a sweetener.
Origin of chai2
1970-75; < Turkish çay and Russian, Persian, Hindi, Urdu chay “tea,” ultimately from Chinese chá tea Unabridged
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  • On the chai Pass the two aneroids I had on me registered an altitude of 11,190 feet.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • An official, named chai, was appointed to a post at Jao-chou, and on his way thither crossed the Po-yang lake.

  • But "Can chai la fueilla" is very cleverly made with five, six, and four and seven.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • My juwa had almost scratched an eye out of the Hindity mushi, and my chai had sent the Hindity childer scampering over the green.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • "Karim" was still sounding, when I heard a different strain, "chai chai kirna cha-ee," which was sung in a sonorous nasal voice.

British Dictionary definitions for chai


tea, esp as made in India with added spices
Word Origin
C20: Indian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chai

"tea," 1919, from the Russian or Arabic word for "tea" (see tea, and cf. cha). Now used especially of spiced teas.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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