Definition of tea oil in US English:

tea oil


  • An oil resembling olive oil obtained from the seeds of the sasanqua and related plants, used chiefly in China and Japan.

    • ‘He's looking to develop the best types of tea oil camellias to grow for this area of the world.’
    • ‘Camellia tea oil is more than 80 per cent monounsaturated fat and 10.8 per cent saturated fat.’
    • ‘The annual output of tea oil is 500 tons, accounting for 8.6 percent of the edible plant oil produced in the country.’
    • ‘Susan, the tea oils I've come across recently are refined cooking oils (so they can claim high-smoke points)… so they lack flavor depth.’
    • ‘Cold-pressed, extra-virgin gourmet tea oil can be used as a base for marinades, salad dressing, sautéeing, grilling and more.’