Meaning and Origin
What does the name Tea mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
User Submitted Origins
User Submitted Meanings
- 2 submissions from Serbia and Croatia agree the name Tea means "goddess".
- A submission from New Jersey, U.S. says the name Tea means "The name Tea means goddess".
- A user from Florida, U.S. says the name Tea means "Goddess of the earth".
- A user from Albania says the name Tea means "Godess of light".
- A user from Canada says the name Tea means "Tea like the drink".
- According to a user from Utah, U.S., the name Tea is of Greek origin and means "Gift of god".
- The prepared leaves of a shrub, or small tree (Thea ChinensisorCamellia Chinensis). The shrub is a native of China, but has been introduced to some extent into some other countries.
- A decoction or infusion of tea leaves in boiling water; as, tea is a common beverage.
- Any infusion or decoction, especially when made of the dried leaves of plants; as, sage tea; chamomile tea; catnip tea.
- The evening meal, at which tea is usually served; supper.
Note: ☞ Teas are classed as green or black, according to their color or appearance, the kinds being distinguished also by various other characteristic differences, as of taste, odor, and the like. The color, flavor, and quality are dependent upon the treatment which the leaves receive after being gathered. The leaves for green tea are heated, or roasted slightly, in shallow pans over a wood fire, almost immediately after being gathered, after which they are rolled with the hands upon a table, to free them from a portion of their moisture, and to twist them, and are then quickly dried. Those intended for black tea are spread out in the air for some time after being gathered, and then tossed about with the hands until they become soft and flaccid, when they are roasted for a few minutes, and rolled, and having then been exposed to the air for a few hours in a soft and moist state, are finally dried slowly over a charcoal fire. The operation of roasting and rolling is sometimes repeated several times, until the leaves have become of the proper color. The principal sorts of green tea are Twankay, the poorest kind; Hyson skin, the refuse of Hyson; Hyson, Imperial, and Gunpowder, fine varieties; and Young Hyson, a choice kind made from young leaves gathered early in the spring. Those of black tea are Bohea, the poorest kind; Congou; Oolong; Souchong, one of the finest varieties; and Pekoe, a fine-flavored kind, made chiefly from young spring buds. See Bohea Congou Gunpowder tea, under Gunpowder Hyson Oolong, and Souchong.
Note: ☞ “No knowledge of . . . [tea] appears to have reached Europe till after the establishment of intercourse between Portugal and China in 1517. The Portuguese, however, did little towards the introduction of the herb into Europe, and it was not till the Dutch established themselves at Bantam early in 17th century, that these adventurers learned from the Chinese the habit of tea drinking, and brought it to Europe.”
Etymology: Chin. tshā, Prov. Chin. te: cf. F. thé
- A light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes ("an Englishman would interrupt a war to have his afternoon tea")
- Dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea ("the store shelves held many different kinds of tea" and "they threw the tea into Boston harbor")
- A beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water ("iced tea is a cooling drink")
- A reception or party at which tea is served ("we met at the Dean's tea for newcomers")
- A tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India; source of tea leaves ("tea has fragrant white flowers")
- A city in South Dakota
Tea was also found in the following language(s): Estonian, Faroese, and Finnish