green tea

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English[edit]

A cup of green tea

Etymology[edit]

Calque of Chinese 綠茶 (lǜchá).

Noun[edit]

green tea (countable and uncountable, plural green teas)

  1. Leaves of the tea plant which are treated with steam or roasted to denature the enzymes that cause the leaves to darken and change taste. (Without this step they would become oolong tea or black tea).
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:tea
    Coordinate terms: black tea, white tea
  2. A beverage brewed from green tea leaves.

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