Orange-pekoe meaning

A grade of black tea consisting of the long thin leaves near the end of the shoot, sometimes including the bud.
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A black tea of Sri Lanka and India.
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An expensive grade of black tea from India and Sri Lanka.
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Origin of orange-pekoe

  • Perhaps from orange (from the copper color of the leaves before drying or the color of their infusion) or from Orange (because the Dutch were the first Europeans to import tea from China in the 1600s)

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