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tea caddy

noun
1.
a small box, can, or chest for holding tea leaves.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; probably orig. catty2, the box that held the measure being confused with the measure itself
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caddy

container for tea. A corrupt form of the Malay kati, a weight of a little more than a pound (or about half a kilogram), the word was applied first to porcelain jars filled with tea and imported into England from China. Many caddies made from silver, copper, brass, pewter, and other decorative materials, such as veneers of tortoiseshell or ivory on wood, were made in the 18th century.

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