[ pee-koh ]
/ ˈpi koʊ /


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


Nearby words

  1. peking,
  2. peking duck,
  3. peking man,
  4. peking sauce,
  5. pekingese,
  6. pel-ebstein disease,
  7. pel-ebstein fever,
  8. pelage,
  9. pelagian,
  10. pelagian islands

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

Examples 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


/ (ˈpiːkəʊ) /


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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