- a superior kind of black tea from Sri Lanka, India, and Java, made from leaves coarser than those used for orange pekoe.
Origin of pekoe
1705–15; < dialectal Chinese (Xiamen) pek-ho, akin to Chinese báu white + hòu empress
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Examples from the Web for pekoe
He had been a tea-merchant for a little longer, but had soon tired of pekoe and souchong.Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
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.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
He hunted out a little tea shop, where he meditated over three cups of pekoe and hot buttered toast.Kathleen
- a high-quality tea made from the downy tips of the young buds of the tea plant
C18: from Chinese (Amoy) peh ho, from peh white + ho down