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

  • n. A black Chinese tea, originally the choicest grade but later an inferior variety.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A black tea from China. Originally referred to a high quality tea, now refers to a lower-grade tea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Bohea tea, an inferior kind of black tea. See under tea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A general name for tea.
  • n. An inferior kind of black tea, grown on the Woo-ye hills of China, or tea of a similar quality grown in other districts of the same country. See tea.


After the Fujian pronunciation of Chinese (Mandarin) wǔ yí (shān), the Wuyi mountain range on the border of Jiangxi and Fujian provinces.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Bú-î, a local pronunciation of 武夷 (Wǔyí), for the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian, where the tea is grown. (Wiktionary)



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  • "And have you seen this Miss Prunella Gentleman, of whom so much is said?" said Lady Throgmorton, as she sat supping a cup of black bohea with her friend Alethea Gray."
    - Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, p 226

    November 14, 2015