Origin of tea
Examples from the Web for teas
Flock to this beautiful tea house to get a taste of authentic Japanese teas and sweets.
We had negotiated their 'credits' for some of our constituents to a considerable amount for the payment of teas and silks.The 'Fan Kwae' at Canton Before Treaty Days 1825-1844|William C. Hunter
Afternoon receptions and "At Homes" for which engraved invitations are sent out are practically the same as formal "teas."How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)|Mary Owens Crowther
The next subject to be considered, relative to India teas, is their Preparation.A Treatise on Foreign Teas|Hugh Smith
At the same time a quantity of gypsum was produced and burned in the charcoal fires which were then roasting the teas.Curiosities of Civilization|Andrew Wynter
American merchants had traded ginseng and furs for China silks and teas ever since the United States had been a nation.The Path of Empire|Carl Russell Fish
British Dictionary definitions for teas
- the dried shredded leaves of this shrub, used to make a beverage by infusion in boiling water
- such a beverage, served hot or iced
- (as modifier)tea caddy; tea urn
- any of various plants that are similar to Camellia sinensis or are used to make a tealike beverage
- any such beverage
- Also called: afternoon tea a light meal eaten in mid-afternoon, usually consisting of tea and cakes, biscuits, or sandwiches
- (as modifier)a tea party
- Also called: high tea afternoon tea that also includes a light cooked dish
Word Origin for tea
Word Origin and History for teas
1650s, earlier chaa (1590s, from Portuguese cha), from Malay teh and directly from Chinese (Amoy dialect) t'e, in Mandarin ch'a. First known in Paris 1635, the practice of drinking tea was first introduced to England 1644.
The distribution of the different forms of the word reflects the spread of use of the beverage. The modern English form, along with French thé, Spanish te, German Tee, etc., derive via Dutch thee from the Amoy form, reflecting the role of the Dutch as the chief importers of the leaves (through the Dutch East India Company, from 1610). The Portuguese word (attested from 1550s) came via Macao; and Russian chai, Persian cha, Greek tsai, Arabic shay, and Turkish çay all came overland from the Mandarin form.
Meaning "afternoon meal at which tea is served" is from 1738. Slang meaning "marijuana" (which sometimes was brewed in hot water) is attested from 1935, felt as obsolete by late 1960s. Tea ball is from 1895.
Idioms and Phrases with teas
see cup of tea; not for all the tea in china; tempest in a teapot.