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[oo-lawng, -long]
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  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for oolong

Historical Examples

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for oolong


  1. 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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