Definition of leaf tea in US English:

leaf tea

noun

  • 1Tea chiefly composed of loose whole leaves as opposed to tea in powdered, compressed, or brick form, considered to be of a superior quality. Also in later use more generally: tea stored loose and sold in a carton or other container rather than in individual tea bags; loose tea.

  • 2A drink made from tea of this type.

  • 3A drink made from the infused leaves of plants other than tea, especially as considered to have medicinal properties.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Asiatic Journal. From leaf + tea, originally after Chinese yèchá.

Pronunciation

leaf tea

/ˌliːf ˈtiː/