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tea ball

a small ball of perforated metal or other material in which tea leaves are placed to be immersed in hot water to make tea.
Origin of tea ball
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A steaming pot of hot water was presently brought in and placed beside my plate, and the tea-ball was brought to me.

    At the Age of Eve Kate Trimble Sharber
  • The dimples deepened playfully in her cheeks as she passed the tea-ball across the table.

  • Allan watched her amusedly for awhile—she was as intent as a good child over her tea-ball and her lemon and her little cakes.

    The Rose Garden Husband Margaret Widdemer
British Dictionary definitions for tea-ball

tea ball

(mainly US) a perforated metal ball filled with tea leaves and put in boiling water to make tea
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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