Adjective "tea" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A hot drink made by infusing the dried crushed leaves of the tea plant in boiling water.
  1. 'Gaunt mothers and children sat near their tents, sometimes boiling water for tea, a ritual of normalcy that they still maintained.'
  2. 'I retreated into the kitchen and boiled some water for tea.'
  3. 'She cut out sugar, white flour and processed foods and drank only water and tea.'
  4. 'Sales of beverages such as water, juice, tea, and sports drinks are growing as much as eight times faster than U.S. soda sales.'
  5. 'In fact there was a pot of tea and hot water which provided three cups.'
  6. 'I make myself a cup of tea and boil some water in a pan to make pasta as I listen to them.'
  7. 'With their daily meals, Kazakhs drink fruit juices, milk, soft drinks, beer, water, and tea.'
  8. 'The result is a drink that tastes more like cabbage water than tea.'
  9. 'Manganese miners consumed significantly more water and tea, because of the existence of the hot climate in their workplace.'
  10. 'Now I'm washing out of a bucket of water, slurping my tea and arguing with rickshaw drivers.'
  11. 'tea from India and Ceylon'
  12. 'However, there were no longer any sales of tea, whiskey, pepper, frying pans or thread.'
  13. 'The Aborigines attacked the settlers because they wanted goods such as sugar, flour, blankets, tea and tobacco.'
  14. 'He recalled how five years ago he had to get samples of South Indian tea from London.'
  15. 'In the second half of the nineteenth century, camphor and tea became major exports.'
  16. 'The Empire was created to provide access to cheap tea and sugar in the days before Tesco.'
  17. 'That time Mary McCormack in her little thatched shop kept flour, tea, sugar, salt, lamp oil, and perhaps some liquorice sweets.'
  18. 'Among plantations in India, tea is a major foreign exchange earner.'
  19. 'Over the last year the price of sugar, wheat flour and tea has trebled and the cost of other basic household consumer goods has risen by 30 percent.'
  20. 'The lockable drawer usually contained three tinned compartments with tightly fitting lids in which to store tea and sugar.'
  21. 'It is complicated for them to get important goods like tea, flour, or tobacco.'
  22. 'herbal tea'
  23. 'Fill a large basket with an assortment of goodies from your health food store, such as organic salsa, fruit teas, and tropical-flavored drinks.'
  24. 'Remembering about the way the castle worked, she wished for a cup of steaming peppermint tea, with extra sugar.'
  25. 'I buy peppermint tea, red grape juice in a wine-coloured matt package with six languages on it, pear juice and packets of almonds.'
  26. 'Meanwhile I am going to continue with megadoses of vitamin C, ginger tea, lots of water, and raw garlic.'
  27. 'Don't hesitate to contact us if you need help finding quality vitamin, herbs, lavender flowers, chamomile teas, essential oil, or herbal bath products.'
  28. 'Standard tea bags still make up 63 per cent of the total market while herbal and fruit teas account for 27 per cent of retail sales.'
  29. 'Try caffeine-free drinks, such as fruit teas, as an alternative.'
  30. 'Bottled water, tap water; 100% juice, milk, sports drinks, seltzers and herbal teas are all hydrating beverages.'
  31. 'So take your herbal health teas and give us a break, okay?'
  32. 'Drink nettle or dandelion teas and eat foods rich in vitamin B6, including sunflower seeds, brown rice, buckwheat and avocados.'
  33. 'Cocoa tea is a rich, local breakfast drink.'
The evergreen shrub or small tree which produces tea leaves, native to southern and eastern Asia and grown as a major cash crop.
  1. 'For thicker roots, such as those of maize, sorghum or tea, this procedure could be used for visualizing the exodermis in a longitudinal view.'
  2. 'Outsourcing had worked very well in Zimbabwe and Malawi and it would spread the economy of tea growing to other parts of the region, Crawford said.'
  3. 'She rose early to watch the farm workers begin their days planting and harvesting maize, tea and other cash crops.'
  4. 'The Camellia sinensis tea plant is native to China and commercially produced in tropical and subtropical regions, primarily China, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka (Ceylon).'
  5. 'The colony failed in less than two years because the mulberry trees and tea seedlings perished in the dry California soil.'
  6. 'The researchers credit L-theanine, an ingredient found in black, green, oolong and pekoe teas - but not in herbal teas, which usually don't contain Camellia sinensis, the one true tea plant.'
  7. 'This SEWA farm, like many in Gujarat, grows mangoes, tea, spices and other cash crops.'
  8. 'The tea plant, Camellia sinensis, comes in many forms - black, green, oolong.'
  9. 'The major crops are rice, jute, wheat, tea, sugarcane, and vegetables.'
  10. 'The most important part of a hybrid tea plant is the bud union (graft knob), from where all new canes originate, and it requires the most protection.'
A light afternoon meal consisting typically of tea to drink, sandwiches, and cakes.
  1. count noun 'picnic teas'
  2. 'Elevenses, packed lunch and afternoon tea will be provided, as well as a supper of organic trout.'
  3. 'That means you should be eating breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.'
  4. 'That is always assuming that they can fit it all in after having been served up a full buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and home-made cakes and canapés.'
  5. 'Small wonder that this is the place in Madrid for afternoon tea and society weddings.'
  6. 'Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are all taken here, while there is also a secluded dining area at the rear for more formal meals and private parties.'
  7. 'Morning coffee and afternoon tea with home-made cakes and biscuits can be enjoyed in the beautiful gardens or under cover of the Loggia.'
  8. 'Allow to cool completely if serving cold for tea, or until barely warm if serving as pudding.'
  9. 'Ladies don't sweat or perspire, even after an exhausting day of brunch, tennis, afternoon tea, supper and bridge.'
  10. 'Afternoon tea and light refreshments will be served for those who wish to relax and chat with friends.'
  11. 'From the Temple we travelled for lunch and afternoon tea at Kenwood House.'
  12. count noun 'it reminds me of Sunday teas when I was a very small child'
  13. 'So: get in at nine thirty, play with dog, print out day's work, cook tea, shower, bed, ready for more of the same tomorrow.'
  14. 'Right, time to splish-splash my way home, shop, do college homework, cook tea and have a bath.'
  15. 'Coach departs East Square at 9.30 a.m., fare €35 including lunch and evening tea.'
  16. 'I don't have time to write the individual reviews though; I've gotta go do my farmwork before I cook everyone's tea.'
  17. 'I think I'll start cooking tea; it's something to do.'
  18. 'I might start painting, go away to cook tea and come back later and think - ‘that could do with black there,’ he said.'
  19. 'Anyhoo, I spent an action-packed Monday in Brighton asleep on Lisa's bed, before meeting her from work and allowing her to cook my tea.'
  20. 'I cooked tea for myself a few days ago and managed to eat a very undercooked steak and kidney pudding (it's a long story), and have been feeling a bit rough ever since.'
  21. 'Her mother told her she had to go back and cook her husband's tea.'
  22. 'I sighed and went to the kitchen, to cook tea with the food that she had promised to buy on her way back from the midwife's.'


Drink tea or take afternoon tea.
  1. 'By the time we got back I was starved, so tea'd and toasted, then headed out into town to retrieve my car from the multi-story.'

More definitions

1. the dried and prepared leaves of a shrub, Camellia sinensis, from which a somewhat bitter, aromatic beverage is prepared by infusion in hot water.

2. the shrub itself, extensively cultivated in China, Japan, India, etc., and having fragrant white flowers.Compare tea family.

3. the beverage so prepared, served hot or iced.

4. any kind of leaves, flowers, etc., so used, or any plant yielding them.

5. any of various infusions prepared from the leaves, flowers, etc., of other pla

More examples(as adjective)

"exporters can be tea."

"leaves can be tea."

"facilities can be tea."

"collections can be tea."


Mid 17th century: probably via Malay from Chinese ( Min dialect) te; related to Mandarin chá. Compare with char.


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