Definition of oolong in English:

oolong

noun

  • A dark-colored China tea made by fermenting the withered leaves to about half the degree usual for black teas.

    ‘Whether they're black, green, white or oolong, true tea leaves contain powerful antioxidants that act as nature's own disease fighters.’
    • ‘Imported teas contain far less caffeine than U.S. black teas: half as much in oolong and one-third as much in green teas.’
    • ‘There are three primary types of tea - green, oolong and black.’
    • ‘Teas are made from the leaf of the Camellia sinesis plant and there are three types of tea - green, oolong, and black.’
    • ‘Of the three main categories of tea (green, oolong, and black) the first and third are most commonly used for this purpose.’
    • ‘Teas that are produced from a tea bush - black, green and oolong - contain substances called alkylamines, which stimulate white blood cells to fight infection.’
    • ‘Manufacturers process C. sinensis leaves three different ways to produce the three major classes of teas known as green, black, and oolong.’
    • ‘More than 200 types of tea are available, from green to black to oolong.’
    • ‘There are many types of tea sold in Korea - white, green, oolong, and black.’
    • ‘The tea plant, Camellia sinensis, comes in many forms - black, green, oolong.’
    • ‘Actually, these are types of tea, of which there are four basic kinds: black, oolong, green and white.’
    • ‘For example, green tea is cold, black tea is hot, oolong is warm.’
    • ‘Although thousands of varieties exist, the three main categories are black, green and oolong.’
    • ‘Green tea, which is unfermented, and oolong, which is partially fermented, are popular in Asia, while in the West, fermented black tea - often taken with milk - is generally preferred.’
    • ‘But caffeine may not be the only potent substance in oolong, as the tea drinkers had a greater increase in fat oxidation as well.’
    • ‘The fermentation process makes the Formosa oolong a darker liquid than the Chinese oolong, putting it in a category ‘between the unfermented green teas and the fully fermented black teas’.’
    • ‘Chrysanthemum tea, made of white chrysanthemums and high-quality oolong, is a must for office workers in the closed environment with radiation contamination.’
    • ‘Legend holds that monkeys gathered leaves from high tea trees to help Chinese monks make Tieguanyin oolong.’
    • ‘This is where they grow Lishan oolong, the most expensive tea in the world at some US $400 per kilo.’
    • ‘Indonesia also imports oolong, which is available at tea boutiques in Jakarta and other major cities.’

Pronunciation

oolong

/ˈo͞olôNG/ /ˈulɔŋ/

Origin

Mid 19th century from Chinese wūlóng, literally ‘black dragon’.