Definition of Indian tea in English:

Indian tea

Pronunciation /ˌɪndɪən ˈtiː/


  • 1North American Any several North American shrubs whose leaves can be used to make a drink resembling tea; especially yaupon (Ilex vomitoria) or Labrador tea (genus Ledum).

  • 2Tea grown in India or Sri Lanka, especially black tea from Assam or the Darjeeling district.

    In early use also with reference to tea grown in China: see note at "Indian".


Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Lawson (d. 1711), surveyor. From Indian + tea.