Means a herbal tea in Europe. It has come to mean any drink made by infusing parts of an herb or a plant with boiling
water. For thousands of years, herbs have been appreciated for their
curative powers as an elixir and tonic. Mint, chamomile, ginseng, and rose
hips are some of the more familiar plants used in making herbal teas in
A low grade China green tea. This word was corrupted Twanky, which was applied to the men manning the ships bringing tea back from China. These ships often foundered on reaching the British coast and the bodies of Twankys would be washed ashore to be found by their widows - hence the name given to the Aladdin character 'Widow Twanky' by a Victorian impresario.