Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Chinese plant, the Chloranthus inconspicuus, natural order Chloranthaceæ, the spikes of the flowers of which are used to scent tea.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The fragrant flowers of the Chloranthus inconspicuus, used in China for perfuming tea.
- Chinese? (Wiktionary)
“_little plant_ or sort, as _Pouchong_, or _folded sort_, refers to the mode of packing it; _Campoi_ is corrupted from _kan pei_ i.e. carefully fired; _Chulan_ is the tea scented with the chulan flower, and applied to some kinds of scented green tea.”
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
“The dress of an exquisite is very expensive, being composed of the most costly crapes or silks; his boots or shoes are of a particular shape, and made of the richest black satin of Nankin, with soles of a certain height; his knee caps are elegantly embroidered; his cap and button are of the neatest cut; his pipes elegant and high-priced; his tobacco of the best manufacture of Fokien; an English gold watch; a tooth-pick hung at his button, with a string of valuable pearls; and a fan from Nankin, scented with _chulan_ flowers -- such are his personal appointments.”
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