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Origin of pekoe

1705–15; < dialectal Chinese (Xiamen) pek-ho, akin to Chinese báu white + hòu empress Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pekoe

drink, brew, refreshment, pekoe

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Historical Examples of pekoe

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

  • The Pekoe is a particular kind of tea-shrub, the leaves of which are all black on the one side, and all white on the other.

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

  • The best black teas in general use are pekoe and pouchong; the best green teas are imperial, young hyson, and gunpowder.

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


    Christopher Morley

British Dictionary definitions for pekoe


  1. 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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