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Bohea

[boh-hee]
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noun
  1. an inferior grade of black tea.
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Origin of Bohea

1695–1705; < dialectal Chinese (Fujian) Bu-i, mountains on the border of Fujian and Jiangxi provinces, where the tea is grown
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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

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


British Dictionary definitions for bohea

bohea

noun
  1. a black Chinese tea, once regarded as the choicest, but now as an inferior grade
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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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