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tea caddy

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noun
  1. a small box, can, or chest for holding tea leaves.
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Origin of tea caddy

1830–40; probably orig. catty2, the box that held the measure being confused with the measure itself
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Examples from the Web for tea caddy

Historical Examples

  • It was Rose turning the key in the lock and lifting the lid of the tea-caddy.

    Dick and His Cat and Other Tales

    Various

  • I saw that tea-caddy at Golovliovo with my own eyes, when papa was still alive.

    A Family of Noblemen

    Mikhal Saltykov

  • He took up the teapot; it was empty; the tea-caddy was locked up.

  • A cup with a black glaze should not be associated with a tea-caddy of black lacquer.

    The Book of Tea

    Kakuzo Okakura

  • But I told you to put in some tea, and I gave you the tea-caddy.

    The Cat and Fiddle Book

    Lady Florence Bell