Definition of pekoe in English:

pekoe

noun

  • [mass noun] A high-quality black tea made from young leaves.

    • ‘Tea that is classified as Pekoe is composed purely of the new flushes of the leaves - a flush being the flower bud plucked with two youngest leaves.’
    • ‘The researchers credit L-theanine, an ingredient found in black, green, oolong and pekoe teas - but not in herbal teas, which usually don't contain Camellia sinensis, the one true tea plant.’
    • ‘The amino acid L-theanine, found in black, green, oohlong, and pekoe teas, stimulated T-cells, the body's first line of defense.’
    • ‘She even stopped shaking after her silver-needle pekoe tea.’
    • ‘Orange pekoe tea is not flavoured with orange.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from Chinese dialect pekho, from pek white + ho down (the leaves being picked young when covered with down).

Pronunciation:

pekoe

/ˈpiːkəʊ/