Definition of China tea in English:

China tea


  • Tea made from a small-leaved type of tea plant grown in China, typically flavored by smoke curing or the addition of flower petals.

    ‘Fragrant lemon balm is calming and aids digestion, as does bergamot which gives China tea its Earl Grey flavour.’
    • ‘Use Indian or Ceylonese teas as China tea has ‘no stimulation’.’
    • ‘The deep green, hairy leaves make a slightly astringent tea that's similar to a mild, fragrant China tea.’
    • ‘The cover looks like paper that has been soaked in Black China tea for ages, or perhaps it barely escaped a fire - there's this beautiful smokiness that adds depth to it.’
    • ‘Frosted store windows groaned with a cornucopia of Irish linens, Madras shawls, China tea, Moroccan slippers, Scottish whisky and Madeira wine.’
    • ‘Bruce, a major in the East India Company, made his discovery in 1823 at a time when Britain's expensive taste for China tea had created a worrying trade deficit with the Chinese.’
    • ‘Then, we were hauled off to join the cerebral general knowledge quiz fought out over sedate plates of cakes, sandwiches and demure cups of fine China tea.’


China tea

/ˈCHīnə tē/ /ˈtʃaɪnə ti/