- The definition of tea is an evergreen plant grown in some Asian countries, India and in the Eastern United States, or dried leaves or herbs made into a beverage by brewing in boiled water.
An example of tea is Darjeeling black.
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- a white-flowered, evergreen plant (Camellia sinensis) of the tea family, grown in China, India, Japan, etc.
- its dried and prepared leaves, used to make a beverage
- the beverage made by soaking such leaves in boiling water
- any of several plants resembling or used as tea
- a tealike beverage made from such a plant or from a meat extract: mint tea, beef tea
- a light meal, esp. in the late afternoon, at which tea is the usual beverage
- a more substantial, early evening meal that is often the main meal of the day (in Britain usually called high tea)
- a reception or other social gathering in the afternoon, at which tea, coffee, etc. are served
- ☆ Slang marijuana
Origin: Amoy Chinese t'e (Mandarin ch'a)
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- a. An eastern Asian evergreen shrub or small tree (Camellia sinensis) having fragrant, nodding, cup-shaped white flowers and glossy leaves.b. The young, dried leaves of this plant, prepared by various processes and used to make a hot beverage.
- An aromatic, slightly bitter beverage made by steeping tea leaves in boiling water.
- Any of various beverages, made as by steeping the leaves of certain plants or by extracting an infusion especially from beef.
- Any of various plants having leaves used to make a tealike beverage.
- A tea rose.
- Chiefly British a. An afternoon refreshment consisting usually of sandwiches and cakes served with tea.b. High tea.
- An afternoon reception or social gathering at which tea is served.
- Slang Marijuana.
Origin: Probably Dutch thee, from Malay teh, from Chinese (Amoy) te (equivalent to Chinese (Mandarin) chá).Word History: “Here thou, great Anna! whom three realms obey,/ Dost sometimes counsel take—and sometimes tea.” When Alexander Pope wrote these lines from The Rape of the Lock in 1714, tea still rhymed with obey. This was true of many words spelled with ea, and it was just about in Pope's time that nearly all these words started changing their pronunciation from (ā) to (ē), as in our modern pronunciation of tea (tē). Most modern English words whose main vowel sound is spelled -ea- were pronounced with long vowels in Middle and Old English. Many of these vowels were shortened in the 16th and 17th century to their modern pronunciations, as in our words dead and sweat. But those words that were pronounced with an (ā) sound in Middle English did not undergo this sound change and kept their long vowels, undergoing the further change in Pope's time to the modern “long e” sound. There were several exceptions to this last sound change, most notably the words break, great, and steak. Interestingly, the old pronunciation is also retained in Irish family names, such as Reagan, Shea, Beatty, and Yeats (in contrast to British family names such as Keats).
tea - Computer Definition
(Tiny Encryption Algorithm) A secret key cryptography method that uses a 128-bit key. It uses the block cipher method, which breaks the text into 64-bit blocks before encrypting them. Written by David Wheeler and Roger Needham of Cambridge Computer Laboratory in the U.K., it is available in 16 round and 32 round versions. The more rounds (iterations), the more secure the results. See encryption algorithm.
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