New Jersey tea

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New Jersey tea

A shrub (Ceanothus americanus) of central and eastern North America, having clusters of small white fragrant flowers, reddish roots, and ovate leaves formerly used to make a beverage similar to black tea. Also called redroot.
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New` Jer′sey tea′

a North American shrub, Ceanothus americanus, of the buckthorn family, the leaves of which were used as a substitute for tea during the American Revolution.
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