from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a small, square wooden case, usually lined with sheet lead or tin, in which tea is imported from China.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wooden box, made of light material and lined with thin sheet-lead, in which tea is exported from China and other tea-growing countries; especially, such a box containing a definite and prescribed amount of tea, otherwise called whole chest (a hundred-weight to 140 pounds or more), now seldom shipped, the smaller packages being spoken of as half-chests (75 to 80 pounds, but the weight varies according to the kind of tea) and quarter-chests (from 25 to 30 pounds). All these boxes, of whatever size, are almost exactly cubical in shape.
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- n. chest for storing or transporting tea
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