This website uses cookies

Cookies remember you so we can give you a better service online. By using this website or closing this message, you are agreeing to our Cookies noticeClose
Skip to content
« back to encyclopedia search results


The name for tea, in Southern China. Coming from the Cantonese ideogram. Pronounced "tay" in the dialect of Amoy.

The "chah" pronounciation traveled to India, Persia, Russia and Japan; "tay" was brought to Europe via Java by the Dutch, and athough it was spelt "tea" in 1660, it was generally pronounced "tay" until the middle of the 18th century, by which time Britain was importing 3 million tons a year.

In Japan, tea was "chah"; and although introduced in the early 9th century, but didn"t become popular until the 12th century. See "Tea, Popular Regions and flavours".

Reviews / Comments

Not yet reviewed

Be the first to add a review