- a shed or other aboveground building where a winemaker stores wine in casks.
- a drink of tea made with cardamom and various other spices, milk, and a sweetener.
Origin of chai2
1970-75; < Turkish çay and Russian, Persian, Hindi, Urdu chay “tea,” ultimately from Chinese chá tea
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The Indians began to return about sunset well mounted and some with horses and chais.
- tea, esp as made in India with added spices
Word Origin for chai
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Word Origin and History for chais
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