- a black tea from China.
Origin of congou
1715–25; < dialectal Chinese (Xiamen), equivalent to Chinese gōngfū(-chá) literally, effort (tea)
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Examples from the Web for congou
Chests of Congou and Souchon and flasks of arrack are standings about.Rowlandson the Caricaturist. Second Volume
She indulged in two crumpets and a dash of rum in the congou.
Congou, the next higher kind, is named from a corruption of the Chinese Koong-foa (great care, or assiduity).Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million
Sarah Josepha Hale
We commenced the year with prices of congou, the leading article of black tea, at 1s.
- a kind of black tea from China
C18: from Chinese (Amoy) kong hu tē tea prepared with care
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