tea ball


a small ball of perforated metal or other material in which tea leaves are placed to be immersed in hot water to make tea.

Origin of tea ball

First recorded in 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for tea ball

  • A steaming pot of hot water was presently brought in and placed beside my plate, and the tea-ball was brought to me.

    At the Age of Eve|Kate Trimble Sharber
  • Allan watched her amusedly for awhile—she was as intent as a good child over her tea-ball and her lemon and her little cakes.

    The Rose Garden Husband|Margaret Widdemer
  • The dimples deepened playfully in her cheeks as she passed the tea-ball across the table.

British Dictionary definitions for tea ball

tea ball


mainly US a perforated metal ball filled with tea leaves and put in boiling water to make tea

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