Bubble-tea meaning

An iced drink made from tea and small black balls of boiled tapioca, usually served sweetened and mixed with milk.
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A tea-based sweet drink mixed with fruit juice, syrup and/or milk and other ingredients such as tapioca pearls, of Taiwanese origin.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bubble-tea
Plural:
bubble-teas

Origin of bubble-tea

  • Partial translation of Mandarin pàomò hóngchá pàomò foam, froth (because the tea, milk, tapioca balls, and honey or other sweetener were originally shaken together to produce a froth before serving) hóngchá black tea (literally, red tea) (hóng red) (chá tea)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition