that these adventurers learned from the Chinese the habit of tea drinking, and brought it to Europe."
2. A decoction or infusion of tea leaves in boiling water; as, tea is a common beverage.
3. Any infusion or decoction, especially when made of the dried leaves of plants; as, sage tea; chamomile
tea; catnip tea.
4. The evening meal, at which tea is usually served; supper.
Arabian tea, the leaves of Catha edulis; also (Bot.), the plant itself. See Kat. Assam tea, tea
grown in Assam, in India, originally brought there from China about the year 1850. Australian, or
Botany Bay, tea (Bot.), a woody clambing plant Brazilian tea. (a) The dried leaves of Lantana
pseodothea, used in Brazil as a substitute for tea. (b) The dried leaves of Stachytarpheta mutabilis,
used for adulterating tea, and also, in Austria, for preparing a beverage. Labrador tea. (Bot.) See
under Labrador. New Jersey tea (Bot.), an American shrub, the leaves of which were formerly
used as a substitute for tea; redroot. See Redroot. New Zealand tea. (Bot.) See under New Zealand.
Oswego tea. (Bot.) See Oswego tea. Paraguay tea, mate. See 1st Mate. Tea board,
a board or tray for holding a tea set. Tea bug (Zoöl.), an hemipterous insect which injures the tea
plant by sucking the juice of the tender leaves. Tea caddy, a small box for holding tea. Tea
chest, a small, square wooden case, usually lined with sheet lead or tin, in which tea is imported from
China. Tea clam (Zoöl.), a small quahaug. [Local, U. S.] Tea garden, a public garden where
tea and other refreshments are served. Tea plant (Bot.), any plant, the leaves of which are used in
making a beverage by infusion; specifically, Thea Chinensis, from which the tea of commerce is obtained.
Tea rose (Bot.), a delicate and graceful variety of the rose (Rosa Indica, var. odorata), introduced
from China, and so named from its scent. Many varieties are now cultivated. Tea service, the appurtenances
or utensils required for a tea table, when of silver, usually comprising only the teapot, milk pitcher,
and sugar dish. Tea set, a tea service. Tea table, a table on which tea furniture is set, or at
which tea is drunk. Tea taster, one who tests or ascertains the quality of tea by tasting. Tea
tree (Bot.), the tea plant of China. See Tea plant, above. Tea urn, a vessel generally in the form
of an urn or vase, for supplying hot water for steeping, or infusing, tea.
(Tea), v. i. To take or drink tea. [Colloq.]
(Tea"ber`ry) n. (Bot.) The checkerberry.
(Teach) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Taught ; p. pr. & vb. n. Teaching.] [OE. techen, imp. taughte,
tahte, AS. tcean, imp. thte, to show, teach, akin to tacn token. See Token.]
1. To impart the knowledge of; to give intelligence concerning; to impart, as knowledge before unknown,
or rules for practice; to inculcate as true or important; to exhibit impressively; as, to teach arithmetic, dancing,
music, or the like; to teach morals.
If some men teach wicked things, it must be that others should practice them.South.
2. To direct, as an instructor; to manage, as a preceptor; to guide the studies of; to instruct; to inform; to
conduct through a course of studies; as, to teach a child or a class. "He taught his disciples." Mark ix.
The village master taught his little school.Goldsmith.
3. To accustom; to guide; to show; to admonish.
I shall myself to herbs teach you.Chaucer.
They have taught their tongue to speak lies.Jer. ix. 5.