a dark tea from China and Taiwan that is partly fermented before being dried
Origin of oolongChinese dialect, dialectal form of wulung, literally , black dragon
A dark Chinese tea that has been partially fermented before drying.
Origin of oolongChinese (Mandarin) wūlóng(chá) black dragon (tea) ( or a kindred source in another variety of Chinese ) wū crow, black (in reference to the color of the crow) ( from Middle Chinese &qnodot;u&schwabreve; ) lóng dragon ; see longan .
1850s. From Mandarin çƒé¾ / ä¹Œé¾™ (wÅ«lÃ³ng), from çƒ / ä¹Œ (wÅ«, “black") + ä¹Œ / é¾™ (lÃ³ng, “dragon")