Definition of pekoe in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpēkō/ /ˈpikoʊ/


  • A high-quality black tea made from young leaves.

    ‘The researchers credit L-theanine, an ingredient found in black, green, oolong and pekoe teas - but not in herbal teas, which usually don't contain Camellia sinensis, the one true tea plant.’
    • ‘The amino acid L-theanine, found in black, green, oohlong, and pekoe teas, stimulated T-cells, the body's first line of defense.’
    • ‘She even stopped shaking after her silver-needle pekoe tea.’
    • ‘Orange pekoe tea is not flavoured with orange.’
    • ‘Tea that is classified as Pekoe is composed purely of the new flushes of the leaves - a flush being the flower bud plucked with two youngest leaves.’


Early 18th century from Chinese dialect pekho, from pek ‘white’ + ho ‘down’ (the leaves being picked young when covered with down).