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[oo-lawng, -long] /ˈuˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ/
a brown or amber tea grown in China and Taiwan and partially fermented before being dried.
Origin of oolong
First recorded in 1850-55, oolong is from the Chinese word wúlóng literally, black dragon, or < a cognate dial. form Unabridged
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  • They're just bein' served with oolong and caviar sandwiches.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • Then he drank about two-thirds of a cup of beef-tea, and some oolong tea.

  • oolong Atoll was one hundred and forty miles in circumference.

    South Sea Tales Jack London
  • oolong was two hundred and fifty miles from the nearest land.

    South Sea Tales Jack London
  • He had made the Solomon Islands, and there told his brothers of what we had done in oolong.

    South Sea Tales Jack London
  • We were twenty-five thousand on oolong before the three schooners came.

    South Sea Tales Jack London
  • Or in ivory chopsticks, oolong tea, imitation jade, litchi nuts and preserved leeches!

    Tutt and Mr. Tutt

    Arthur Train
  • oolong tea does not color the water very much, so its strength cannot be as well judged in that way.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • This chest of oolong tea represents a Japanese cruiser outside the harbor.

  • I've been lottin' all the way on a cup o' that best tea o' yourn,—some o' that oolong you keep in the little chist.

British Dictionary definitions for oolong


a kind of dark tea, grown in China, that is partly fermented before being dried
Word Origin
C19: from Chinese wu lung, from wu black + lung dragon
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Word Origin and History for oolong

dark variety of Chinese tea, 1852, from Chinese wu-lung, literally "black dragon."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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