What is tea?

  • (noun): A beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water.
    Example: "Iced tea is a cooling drink"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. It has a cooling, slightly bitter, astringent flavour which many people enjoy.

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... families to purchase guayusa leaves and then markets guayusa tea in the United States ... can also be purchased from companies such as NovoAndina International, Art of Tea, Stash Tea, Guayusa Tea House, DAVIDsTEA, and Sunfood ...
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... Notes EGAD Eaagads Limited Coffee growing and sales KAZU Kakuzi Limited Coffee, tea, passionfruit, avocados, citrus, pineapple, others KAPC Kapchorua Tea Company Limited Tea growing, processing and ...
... for drinking purposes, such as for making tea ... (See list of Japanese tea ceremony equipment) ... During the 19th century, infused tea became more popular and tetsubin were considered primarily status symbols rather than functional kitchen items ...
Tetsubin - History
... that the popularity of the tetsubin pot grew alongside sencha, a form a leaf tea ... Sencha was not considered as formal as matcha, the common powdered green tea at the time ... started drinking sencha as an informal setting for sharing a cup of tea with friends or family ...

More definitions of "tea":

  • (noun): Dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea.
    Example: "The store shelves held many different kinds of tea"; "they threw the tea into Boston harbor"
    Synonyms: tea leaf
  • (noun): A reception or party at which tea is served.
    Example: "We met at the Dean's tea for newcomers"
  • (noun): A tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India; source of tea leaves.
    Example: "Tea has fragrant white flowers"
    Synonyms: Camellia sinensis
  • (noun): A light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes.
    Example: "An Englishman would interrupt a war to have his afternoon tea"
    Synonyms: afternoon tea, teatime

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