from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A black Chinese tea, originally the choicest grade but later an inferior variety.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A general name for tea.
- noun 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Bohea tea, an inferior kind of black tea. See under
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A black
teafrom China. Originally referred to a high quality tea, now refers to a lower-grade tea.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Dr. Cunningham, physician to the English settlement at Cimsan, and Kampfer assert, that the bohea is the leaves of the first collection.
An act to allow a drawback of the duties of customs on the exportation of tea to any of his Majesty's colonies or plantations in America; to increase the deposit on bohea tea to be sold at the East India Company's sales; and to empower the commissioners of the treasury to grant licences to the East India Company to export tea duty-free.
Jervas said that he would take chocolate; Alexander, bohea.
Madame Speck said they always drank it; and so placing a teaspoonful of bohea in a cauldron of water, she placidly handed out this decoction, which we took with cakes and tartines.
Young Smith, instead of his dinner and his wine, ought to be, where? — at the festive tea-table, to be sure, by the side of Miss Higgs, sipping the bohea, or tasting the harmless muffin; while old Mrs. Higgs looks on, pleased at their innocent dalliance, and my friend
The snobbishness of Conversazione Snobs is very soon disposed of: as soon as that cup of washy bohea is handed to you in the tea-room; or the muddy remnant of ice that you grasp in the suffocating scuffle of the assembly upstairs.
Jemima more than once during the time whilst the bohea was poured out.
I was telling him of my head; he said he had been ill of the same disorder, and by all means forbid me bohea tea, which, he said, always gave it him; and that Dr. Radcliffe said it was very bad.
The 'And please' must be a corruption of 'An it please,' which does make sense, but the rhyme cannot have been invented until later, for it certainly was not within the power of a fisherman to offer 'bohea,' or any other kind of tea, in those days.
Labrador tea began to take the place of green and bohea.