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[ oo-lawng, -long ]
/ ˈuˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ /


a brown or amber tea grown in China and Taiwan and partially fermented before being dried.

Nearby words

oolite, oolith, oolitic, oological, oology, oolong, oom, oom paul, oom-pah, oomiak, oompah

Origin of oolong

First recorded in 1850–55, oolong is from the Chinese word wúlóng literally, black dragon, or < a cognate dial. form Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for oolong


/ (ˈuːˌlɒŋ) /


a kind of dark tea, grown in China, that is partly fermented before being dried

Word Origin for oolong

C19: from Chinese wu lung, from wu black + lung dragon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for oolong



dark variety of Chinese tea, 1852, from Chinese wu-lung, literally "black dragon."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper