Oswego tea
noun Etymology: Oswego River, N. Y. Date: 1752 a North American mint (Monarda didyma) with showy scarlet irregular flowers

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  • Oswego tea — Tea Tea (t[=e]), n. [Chin. tsh[=a], Prov. Chin. te: cf. F. th[ e].] 1. The prepared leaves of a shrub, or small tree ({Thea Chinensis} or {Camellia Chinensis}). The shrub is a native of China, but has been introduced to some extent into some… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Oswego tea — ☆ Oswego tea [äs wē′gō ] n. [after the Oswego River, in New York] 1. a North American mint (Monarda didyma) with dense terminal heads of brilliant red flowers 2. the tea brewed from its leaves …   English World dictionary

  • Oswego tea — Os*we go tea (Bot.) An American aromatic herb ({Monarda didyma}), with showy, bright red, labiate flowers. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Oswego-tea — raudonoji monarda statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Notrelinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, medingas, vaistinis augalas (Monarda didyma), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Monarda didyma angl. bee balm; bee balm; bergamot; fragrant balm; …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Oswego tea — Os•we′go tea′ [[t]ɒsˈwi goʊ[/t]] n. pln a North American plant, Monarda didyma, of the mint family, having red tubular flowers • Etymology: 1745–55, amer.; after the Oswego River in New York state …   From formal English to slang

  • Oswego tea — a North American plant, Monarda didyma, of the mint family, having a cluster of showy, bright red tubular flowers. [1745 55, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Oswego tea — North American labiate herb of the mint family having showy red flowers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • oswego tea — noun perennial aromatic herb of eastern North America having variously colored tubular flowers in dense showy heads • Syn: ↑bee balm, ↑beebalm, ↑bergamot mint, ↑Monarda didyma • Hypernyms: ↑monarda, ↑wild bergamot …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tea — (t[=e]), n. [Chin. tsh[=a], Prov. Chin. te: cf. F. th[ e].] 1. The prepared leaves of a shrub, or small tree ({Thea Chinensis} or {Camellia Chinensis}). The shrub is a native of China, but has been introduced to some extent into some other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tea board — Tea Tea (t[=e]), n. [Chin. tsh[=a], Prov. Chin. te: cf. F. th[ e].] 1. The prepared leaves of a shrub, or small tree ({Thea Chinensis} or {Camellia Chinensis}). The shrub is a native of China, but has been introduced to some extent into some… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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