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tea ball

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

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

Historical Examples

  • The dimples deepened playfully in her cheeks as she passed the tea-ball across the table.

    The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • 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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for tea ball

tea ball

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