EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TEA
Finished our bacon this morning, and for the future will only have damper and tea.
We had a pannican of tea, and gave our horses an hour and a half's rest.
She tried to talk to Mr. Brailsford when he handed her the tea and bread and butter.
"Come down to the crick with me after tea, and I'll explain," said Will.
While she was drinking her second cup of tea her eyes kept roving.
She was disappointed that the mother cried, and could hardly drink the tea.
She came in at three o'clock, and Katie gave her a cup of tea.
Sidney ran to the front door and called: "Will you come in for a cup of tea?"
"The mare's actin' as if she'd a cup of tea, too," muttered her companion, Ned.
She carries her own tea with her, and steeps it at five exactly every afternoon.
1650s, earlier chaa (1590s, from Portuguese cha), from Malay teh and directly from Chinese (Amoy dialect) t'e, in Mandarin ch'a. First known in Paris 1635, the practice of drinking tea was first introduced to England 1644.
The distribution of the different forms of the word reflects the spread of use of the beverage. The modern English form, along with French thé, Spanish te, German Tee, etc., derive via Dutch thee from the Amoy form, reflecting the role of the Dutch as the chief importers of the leaves (through the Dutch East India Company, from 1610). The Portuguese word (attested from 1550s) came via Macao; and Russian chai, Persian cha, Greek tsai, Arabic shay, and Turkish çay all came overland from the Mandarin form.
Meaning "afternoon meal at which tea is served" is from 1738. Slang meaning "marijuana" (which sometimes was brewed in hot water) is attested from 1935, felt as obsolete by late 1960s. Tea ball is from 1895.