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the dried and prepared leaves of a shrub, Camellia sinensis, from which a somewhat bitter, aromatic beverage is prepared by infusion in hot water.
the shrub itself, extensively cultivated in China, Japan, India, etc., and having fragrant white flowers.
Compare tea family.
the beverage so prepared, served hot or iced.
any kind of leaves, flowers, etc., so used, or any plant yielding them.
any of various infusions prepared from the leaves, flowers, etc., of other plants, and used as beverages or medicines.
beef bouillon.
British. any meal, whether a light snack or one consisting of several courses, eaten in the late afternoon or in the evening; any meal other than dinner, eaten after the middle of the afternoon.
an afternoon reception at which tea is served.
Slang. marijuana.
one’s cup of tea, something suitable, appropriate, or attractive to one:
Horror movies and westerns are just not my cup of tea.
an evergreen shrub or small tree, Camellia sinensis, of tropical and subtropical Asia, having toothed leathery leaves and white fragrant flowers: family Theaceae

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

(mainly Brit)

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

(Brit & Austral, NZ) the main evening meal
(US & Canadian, old-fashioned, slang) marijuana
(informal) tea and sympathy, a caring attitude, esp to someone in trouble
torque equilibrium attitude


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