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[hahy-suh n]
  1. a Chinese green tea dried and prepared from twisted leaves, especially of the early crop (young hyson).
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Origin of hyson

1730–40; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) héichēun, akin to Chinese xīchūn (blooming) spring
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Historical Examples of hyson

  • The Hyson, moreover, had no force on board of any importance.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume I

    Demetrius Charles Boulger

  • Hyson, from the Chinese word He-tchune, which means, flourishing spring.

  • Still, I'll engage I am tory enough yet to like the smell of hyson.

    Horse-Shoe Robinson

    John Pendleton Kennedy

  • Some familiar kinds of green tea are hyson, Japan, and gunpowder.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • Pity these 'Hyson Mundungo' men, as Jack calls them, shouldn't have their eyes about 'em as well as on the log-slate!

British Dictionary definitions for hyson


  1. a Chinese green tea, the early crop of which is known as young hyson and the inferior leaves as hyson skin
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Word Origin for hyson

C18: from Chinese (Cantonese) hei-ch'un bright spring
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