[oo-lawng, -long]

Origin of oolong

First recorded in 1850–55, oolong is from the Chinese word wúlóng literally, black dragon, or < a cognate dial. form
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Historical Examples of oolong

  • They're just bein' served with Oolong and caviar sandwiches.

    Torchy and Vee

    Sewell Ford

  • Then he drank about two-thirds of a cup of beef-tea, and some Oolong tea.

  • Oolong Atoll was one hundred and forty miles in circumference.

    South Sea Tales

    Jack London

  • Oolong was two hundred and fifty miles from the nearest land.

    South Sea Tales

    Jack London

  • He had made the Solomon Islands, and there told his brothers of what we had done in Oolong.

    South Sea Tales

    Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for oolong


  1. 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
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Word Origin and History for oolong

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

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