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brick-tea (uncountable)

  1. A mass of tea leaves formed into the shape of a brick; a common Russian import and formerly used for barter in Mongolia.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘On the City Wall’, In Black and White, Folio Society 2005, p. 438:
      "Some of them were men from Ladakh," said Lalun, when the last had gone. "They brought me brick-tea such as the Russians sell, and a tea-urn from Peshawar."

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