白茶

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Chinese[edit]

 
white; empty; blank
white; empty; blank; bright; clear; plain; pure; gratuitous
tea; tea plant
trad. (白茶)
simp. #(白茶)

Etymology[edit]

(bái, “white”) describes the hairs covering the buds of the tea plant, which are used to produce some types of white tea, such as 白毫銀針白毫银针 (“white hair silver needle”).

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Noun[edit]

白茶

  1. white tea:
    1. The leaves of a tea plant which have been processed in a manner to let them wilt slightly and lose their "grassy" taste of green tea while undergoing minimal oxidation.
      Coordinate terms: black tea, green tea
    2. A drink brewed from these tea leaves.
      Coordinate terms: black tea, green tea
    3. (Taipei Min Nan) boiled water; hot water served as a hot beverage.
      • 2006, Theroux, Paul, Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China (in English), →ISBN, page 314:
        The young men from Hong Kong shivered in the compartment like prisoners in a dungeon. They drank hot water. I offered them some of my green tea (Zhulan brand: "A tea from ancient kings for those with kingly tastes") but they said no; they preferred drinking hot water. "White tea," the Chinese call it, bai cha.

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
しら
Grade: 1
ちゃ
Grade: 2
yutōyomi

Noun[edit]

(しら)(ちゃ) (shiracha

  1. white tea