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tea noun (teas) 1 a small evergreen tree or shrub, with pointed leathery leaves and white fragrant flowers, cultivated in SE Asia and elsewhere for its leaves. 2 the dried leaves of this plant prepared for sale. 3 a beverage prepared by infusing the dried leaves of this plant with boiling water and which can then be served either hot or iced. 4 in compounds a similar drink made from the leaves or flowers of other plants peppermint tea. 5 a light afternoon meal at which tea, sandwiches and cakes are served. Also called afternoon tea. 6 Brit a a light cooked meal, usually less substantial than the midday meal, served early in the evening; b the main evening meal. See also high tea.
ETYMOLOGY: 17c: from Min Chinese te.
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