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A small perforated metal ball for holding tea leaves that are to be steeped in hot water.
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(Cookery) chiefly US a perforated metal ball filled with tea leaves and put in boiling water to make tea
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a small ball of perforated metal in which tea leaves are placed for immersion in hot water to make tea.
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