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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A grade of black tea consisting of the leaves around the buds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A high-quality black tea made using young leaves, grown in Sri Lanka, India and Java.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of black tea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A superior kind of black tea, so called because the leaves are picked young with the “down” still on them.
  • n. Pekoe tea (unqualified) is that made from the three pekoe leaves together (see below). It is of a black or grayish black color dotted with grayish or yellowish pekoe ends, and yields a strong dark liquor of fine flavor, technically described as “piquant.”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a superior grade of black tea; grown in India and Sri Lanka and Java

Etymologies

Chinese (Amoy) pek ho : pek, white + ho, down, fine feathers.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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