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) w&umacron;lóng(chá), black dragon (tea) (or a kindred source in another variety of Chinese ) : w&umacron;, 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")