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.
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.