[ boh-hee ]

  1. an inferior grade of black tea.

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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How to use Bohea in a sentence

  • Bohea teas in general ought to be dry, and heavy in the hand: this is a sign that the leaves have been full and juicy.

  • At Canton, green and black teas are made from the Thea Bohea at the pleasure of the manufacturer, and according to demand.

  • The time occupied in the entire transport by land and river, from the Bohea country to Canton, is about six weeks or two months.

  • How few reflect upon this, even for as many seconds as it takes to melt the clarified lump in the smoking Bohea.

  • Cabinet Councils of "tabbies," assembling over their postprandial Bohea, declared they would none of him.

    Love's Usuries | Louis Creswicke

British Dictionary definitions for bohea


/ (bəʊˈhiː) /

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

Origin of bohea

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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