Definitions

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 tea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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

[From Chinese (Amoy or a closely related dialect) Bú î (soan), the Wuyi mountain range, located on the border of Jiangxi and Fujian provinces, where prized teas are grown; akin to Mandarin Wǔ yí (shān).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Bú-î, a local pronunciation of 武夷 (Wǔyí), for the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian, where the tea is grown.

Examples

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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