A grade of black tea consisting of the leaves around the buds.
[Amoy pe'h hô (literally, white down, probably in reference to the whitish hairs on the young leaves ) : pe'h, white (akin to Mandarin bái, from Middle Chinese pɦaːjk) + hô, fine hair, down (akin to Mandarin háo, long fine hair, from Middle Chinese xɦaw).]
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