The word ‘Tea’
The words for tea come, naturally, from China, the home of tea.
Depending on the part of China where the original tea buyers found this wonderful beverage, their translation of the name would be dependent on the dialect spoken in that area.
Those that shipped their teas from the ancient port city of Amoy, would have pronounced it ‘Te’, from the language spoken in Fujian province.
Those that shipped them from Canton, (now Guangzhou) and Macau (Hong Kong), would pronounce it ‘Cha’
From these two words, all the names for this wonderful comforting drink can be found.
The Latin scientific name for tea, ‘thea’ comes from the former, but the name ‘te’ is probably the lesser base of the word used to describe it in different languages today.
More languages use the base word ‘Cha’, than ‘Te’.