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tea caddy

a small box, can, or chest for holding tea leaves.
Origin of tea caddy
1830-40; probably orig. catty2, the box that held the measure being confused with the measure itself Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • "A number of things—or any one of them," she said at length, extending her arm toward the tea-caddy.

    The Fruit of the Tree Edith Wharton
  • I saw that tea-caddy at Golovliovo with my own eyes, when papa was still alive.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
  • Against the right wall is a buffet on which is set a tea-caddy, toast-rack, and tea kettle.

    Miss Civilization Richard Harding Davis
  • He took up the teapot; it was empty; the tea-caddy was locked up.

  • She looked away again and busied herself with the tea-caddy, but the fingers which held the spoon were shaking a little.

    The Tempting of Tavernake E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • But I told you to put in some tea, and I gave you the tea-caddy.

    The Cat and Fiddle Book Lady Florence Bell
  • Put on the table the sugar-basin, the tea-caddy, and the teapot.

    The Esperanto Teacher Helen Fryer
  • Look at this workbox, and this tea-caddy, and that pretty vase.

    Mother Meg Catharine Shaw
  • A cup with a black glaze should not be associated with a tea-caddy of black lacquer.

    The Book of Tea Kakuzo Okakura
  • Mariotte had made galettes of buckwheat, the baroness produced a tea-caddy.

    Beatrix Honore de Balzac

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