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1North American. Any several N. American shrubs whose leaves can be used to make a drink resembling tea; especially yaupon (Ilex vomitoria) or Labrador tea (genus Ledum).
2Tea grown in India or Sri Lanka, especially black tea from Assam or the Darjeeling district.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Lawson (d. 1711), surveyor. From Indian + tea.
Indian tea/ˌɪndɪən ˈtiː/
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