Origin of Bohea

1695–1705; < dialectal Chinese (Fujian) Bu-i, mountains on the border of Fujian and Jiangxi provinces, where the tea is grown Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bohea

Historical Examples of bohea

  • Green and bohea teas were sold at the Boston apothecaries' in 1712.

  • 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


  • The consumption at Boston is large, say at least 400 chests Bohea & 50 of Green pr annum.

    Tea Leaves


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

British Dictionary definitions for bohea


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

Word Origin for 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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