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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tea  \Tea\,  n.  [Chin.  tsh[=a],  Prov.  Chin.  te:  cf  F.  th['e].] 
  1.  The  prepared  leaves  of  a  shrub,  or  small  tree  ({Thea,  or 
  Camellia,  Chinensis}).  The  shrub  is  a  native  of  China,  but 
  has  been  introduced  to  some  extent  into  some  other 
  countries. 
 
  Note:  Teas  are  classed  as  green  or  black,  according  to  their 
  color  or  appearance,  the  kinds  being  distinguished  also 
  by  various  other  characteristic  differences,  as  of 
  taste,  odor,  and  the  like  The  color,  flavor,  and 
  quality  are  dependent  upon  the  treatment  which  the 
  leaves  receive  after  being  gathered.  The  leaves  for 
  green  tea  are  heated,  or  roasted  slightly,  in  shallow 
  pans  over  a  wood  fire,  almost  immediately  after  being 
  gathered,  after  which  they  are  rolled  with  the  hands 
  upon  a  table,  to  free  them  from  a  portion  of  their 
  moisture,  and  to  twist  them  and  are  then  quickly 
  dried.  Those  intended  for  black  tea  are  spread  out  in 
  the  air  for  some  time  after  being  gathered,  and  then 
  tossed  about  with  the  hands  until  they  become  soft  and 
  flaccid,  when  they  are  roasted  for  a  few  minutes,  and 
  rolled,  and  having  then  been  exposed  to  the  air  for  a 
  few  hours  in  a  soft  and  moist  state,  are  finally  dried 
  slowly  over  a  charcoal  fire.  The  operation  of  roasting 
  and  rolling  is  sometimes  repeated  several  times,  until 
  the  leaves  have  become  of  the  proper  color.  The 
  principal  sorts  of  green  tea  are  Twankay,  the  poorest 
  kind  Hyson  skin,  the  refuse  of  Hyson;  Hyson,  Imperial, 
  and  Gunpowder,  fine  varieties;  and  Young  Hyson,  a 
  choice  kind  made  from  young  leaves  gathered  early  in 
  the  spring.  Those  of  black  tea  are  Bohea,  the  poorest 
  kind  Congou;  Oolong;  Souchong,  one  of  the  finest 
  varieties;  and  Pekoe,  a  fine-flavored  kind  made 
  chiefly  from  young  spring  buds.  See  {Bohea},  {Congou}, 
  {Gunpowder  tea},  under  {Gunpowder},  {Hyson},  {Oolong}, 
  and  {Souchong}.  --K.  Johnson.  Tomlinson 
 
  Note:  ``No  knowledge  of  .  .  .  [tea]  appears  to  have  reached 
  Europe  till  after  the  establishment  of  intercourse 
  between  Portugal  and  China  in  1517.  The  Portuguese, 
  however,  did  little  towards  the  introduction  of  the 
  herb  into  Europe,  and  it  was  not  till  the  Dutch 
  established  themselves  at  Bantam  early  in  17th  century, 
  that  these  adventurers  learned  from  the  Chinese  the 
  habit  of  tea  drinking,  and  brought  it  to  Europe.'' 
  --Encyc.  Brit. 
 
  2.  A  decoction  or  infusion  of  tea  leaves  in  boiling  water; 
  as  tea  is  a  common  beverage. 
 
  3.  Any  infusion  or  decoction,  especially  when  made  of  the 
  dried  leaves  of  plants;  as  sage  tea;  chamomile  tea; 
  catnip  tea. 
 
  4.  The  evening  meal,  at  which  tea  is  usually  served;  supper. 
 
  {Arabian  tea},  the  leaves  of  {Catha  edulis};  also  (Bot.),  the 
  plant  itself  See  {Kat}. 
 
  {Assam  tea},  tea  grown  in  Assam,  in  India,  originally  brought 
  there  from  China  about  the  year  1850. 
 
  {Australian},  or  {Botany  Bay},  {tea}  (Bot.),  a  woody  clambing 
  plant  ({Smilax  glycyphylla}). 
 
  {Brazilian  tea}. 
  a  The  dried  leaves  of  {Lantana  pseodothea},  used  in 
  Brazil  as  a  substitute  for  tea. 
  b  The  dried  leaves  of  {Stachytarpheta  mutabilis},  used 
  for  adulterating  tea,  and  also  in  Austria,  for 
  preparing  a  beverage. 
 
  {Labrador  tea}.  (Bot.)  See  under  {Labrador}. 
 
  {New  Jersey  tea}  (Bot.),  an  American  shrub,  the  leaves  of 
  which  were  formerly  used  as  a  substitute  for  tea;  redroot. 
  See  {Redroot}. 
 
  {New  Zealand  tea}.  (Bot.)  See  under  {New  Zealand}. 
 
  {Oswego  tea}.  (Bot.)  See  {Oswego  tea}. 
 
  {Paraguay  tea},  mate.  See  1st  {Mate}. 
 
  {Tea  board},  a  board  or  tray  for  holding  a  tea  set 
 
  {Tea  bug}  (Zo["o]l.),  an  hemipterous  insect  which  injures  the 
  tea  plant  by  sucking  the  juice  of  the  tender  leaves. 
 
  {Tea  caddy},  a  small  box  for  holding  tea. 
 
  {Tea  chest},  a  small  square  wooden  case,  usually  lined  with 
  sheet  lead  or  tin,  in  which  tea  is  imported  from  China. 
 
  {Tea  clam}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  quahaug.  [Local,  U.  S.] 
 
  {Tea  garden},  a  public  garden  where  tea  and  other 
  refreshments  are  served. 
 
  {Tea  plant}  (Bot.),  any  plant,  the  leaves  of  which  are  used 
  in  making  a  beverage  by  infusion;  specifically,  {Thea 
  Chinensis},  from  which  the  tea  of  commerce  is  obtained. 
 
  {Tea  rose}  (Bot.),  a  delicate  and  graceful  variety  of  the 
  rose  ({Rosa  Indica},  var.  {odorata}),  introduced  from 
  China,  and  so  named  from  its  scent.  Many  varieties  are  now 
  cultivated. 
 
  {Tea  service},  the  appurtenances  or  utensils  required  for  a 
  tea  table,  --  when  of  silver,  usually  comprising  only  the 
  teapot,  milk  pitcher,  and  sugar  dish. 
 
  {Tea  set},  a  tea  service. 
 
  {Tea  table},  a  table  on  which  tea  furniture  is  set  or  at 
  which  tea  is  drunk. 
 
  {Tea  taster},  one  who  tests  or  ascertains  the  quality  of  tea 
  by  tasting. 
 
  {Tea  tree}  (Bot.),  the  tea  plant  of  China.  See  {Tea  plant}, 
  above. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tea  \Tea\,  v.  i. 
  To  take  or  drink  tea.  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  tea 
  n  1:  a  beverage  made  by  steeping  tea  leaves  in  water;  "iced  tea 
  is  a  cooling  drink" 
  2:  (British)  a  light  midafternoon  meal  of  tea  and  sandwiches  or 
  cakes;  "an  Englishman  would  interrupt  a  war  to  have  his 
  afternoon  tea"  [syn:  {afternoon  tea},  {teatime}] 
  3:  extensively  cultivated  in  e.g.  China  and  Japan  and  India; 
  source  of  tea  leaves  [syn:  {Camellia  sinensis}] 
  4:  a  reception  or  party  at  which  tea  is  served;  "we  met  at  the 
  Dean's  tea  for  newcomers" 
  5:  dried  leaves  of  the  tea  shrub;  used  to  make  tea;  "the  store 
  shelves  held  many  different  kinds  of  tea";  "they  threw  the 
  tea  into  Boston  harbor"  [syn:  {tea  leaf}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Tea,  SD  (city,  FIPS  63100) 
  Location:  43.44808  N,  96.83726  W 
  Population  (1990):  786  (261  housing  units) 
  Area:  0.9  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  57064 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  TEA 
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