pekoe

[ pee-koh ]
/ ˈpi koʊ /

noun

a superior kind of black tea from Sri Lanka, India, and Java, made from leaves coarser than those used for orange pekoe.

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Origin of pekoe

1705–15; <dialectal Chinese (Xiamen) pek-ho, akin to Chinese báu white + hòu empress
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Example sentences from the Web for pekoe

  • The second leaves make the tea called "orange pekoe," while the third leaves produce a grade of tea called simply "pekoe."

    American Adventures|Julian Street
  • He had been a tea-merchant for a little longer, but had soon tired of pekoe and souchong.

  • He hunted out a little tea shop, where he meditated over three cups of pekoe and hot buttered toast.

    Kathleen|Christopher Morley
  • This changes the quality of the Pekoe, for these leaves being scarcely formed, can have very little sap or flavour.

British Dictionary definitions for pekoe

pekoe
/ (ˈpiːkəʊ) /

noun

a high-quality tea made from the downy tips of the young buds of the tea plant

Word Origin for pekoe

C18: from Chinese (Amoy) peh ho, from peh white + ho down
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