American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A type of Chinese green tea with twisted leaves.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A brand of green tea produced in China.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A fragrant kind of green tea.
- n. a Chinese green tea with twisted leaves
- Chinese (Mandarin) xī chūn : xī, warm, sunny + chūn, springlike. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This consists of the young leaf buds just as they begin to unfold, and forms a fine and delicate kind of young hyson, which is held in high estimation by the natives, and is generally sent about in small quantities as presents to their friends.”
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“The guests -- Alexander Hamilton, Quaker merchant Henry Drinker, and "several Ladies" -- sipped cups of hyson tea, sweetened with equal amounts of cane and maple sugar.”
“Old ladies of family over their hyson, and grey-haired lairds over their punch, I had often heard utter a little harmless treason; while the former remembered having led down a dance with the Chevalier, and the latter recounted the feats they had performed at Preston, Clifton, and Falkirk.”
““Really, madam, you must be aware that every volume of a narrative turns less and less interesting as the author draws to a conclusion, — just like your tea, which, though excellent hyson, is necessarily weaker and more insipid in the last cup.””
“For Rogers, four gallons of brandy and forty-five hundred-weight of best hyson tea at a pound a pound retail.”
“Tea, owing to the China war, rose from 5l. to 15l. per half-_pecul_ chest of hyson skin.”
“When I first went into the Bush, you might visit a dozen of the most respectable houses without being able to get any thing better than the most common hyson-skin tea and very dark moist sugar.”
“Having but an indifferent opinion of books ushered into existence by such charlatanical manoeuvres, we thought no more of Omoo, until, musing the other day over our matutinal hyson, the volume itself was laid before us, and we suddenly found ourselves in the entertaining society of Marquesan Melville, the phoenix of modern voyagers, sprung, it would seem, from the mingled ashes of Captain Cook and Robin Crusoe.”
“The waistcoat is of a material known only to themselves -- a sort of nightmare illusion of velvet, covered with a slight tracery of refined mortar, curiously picked out and guarded with a nondescript collection of the very greenest green pellets of hyson-bloom gunpowder tea.”
“Some familiar kinds of green tea are _hyson_, _Japan_, and _gunpowder_.”
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