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Cha \Cha\ (ch[aum]), n. [Chin. ch`a.] [Also chaa, chais, tsia, etc.] Tea; -- the Chinese (Mandarin) name, used generally in early works of travel, and now for a kind of rolled tea used in Central Asia.

A pot with hot water . . . made with the powder of a certain herb called chaa, which is much esteemed.
--Tr. J. Van Linschoten's Voyages (1598).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"tea," 1590s, also chaw, ultimately from the Mandarin ch'a "tea;" used in English alongside tea when the beverage was introduced.


n. tea

Cha (Korean surname)

Cha is a relatively uncommon family name in Korea. The Yeonan Cha clan is the only clan. The founding ancestor was Cha Hyo-jeon, son of Ryoo Cha-dal (류차달) (10th century AD). Most of the clan's members live in Gyeongsang, Hwanghae, and P'yŏngan provinces. In South Korea in 2000, there were 180,589 people named Cha. It is derived from the Chinese surname Che, written in the same hanja.


Chả is Vietnamese for “ sausage”.

Chả can be made of several types of fillers:

  • pork ( chả lua)
  • deep-fried pork (chả chiên)
  • deep-fried cinnamon-flavored pork sausage (chả quế)
  • ground chicken (chả gà)
  • ground beef (chả bò)
  • fish (chả cá)
  • tofu or vegetarian (chả chay)
  • steamed pork loaf topped with egg yolks (chả trứng hấp)
Cha (artist)

Cha aka Chanoir is a graffiti artist based in Barcelona, Spain. He was born in Bogotá and raised in Paris where he began his graffiti. He is best known for his eponymous cat character, Cha. "Over time, his cats began to take on their own personalities and went on from the Parisian streets to become famous on the Barcelona graffiti scene."

Cha (Indic)

Cha is the seventh consonant of Indic abugidas. In modern Indic scripts, cha is derived from the Brahmi letter , which is probably derived from the Aramaic letter ("Q") after having gone through the Gupta letter .

Usage examples of "cha".

Do you have delusions of being a gentleman and Cha Thrat a lady, albeit of a different physiological classification, who if not actually in distress is a friend in need of moral support?

It was suggested to us, and we agreed, that Cha Thrat should come here.

While it was speaking, it prowled up and down the line of trainees like some small, hairy, carnivorous beast, which meant that every few minutes it passed Cha Thrat so closely that she wanted to either fold her limbs in defensive mode or run away.

Kelgian beside her, the one who had asked the original question, but Cha Thrat spoke on impulse.

The harsh, angular contours of the metal had been visually softened by irregular areas of paint and the attachment of artificial foliage, Cha Thrat saw as she swam around it, no doubt to make it resemble the vegetation of the home world.

Some of it had not settled because Cha Thrat was still trying to blink it out of her eyes.

I may also need to talk to Cha Thrat, so stay by the communicator, trainee.

Earth-human Diagnostician talked on, Cha Thrat became increasingly disheartened by the sheer magnitude of the problem.

Diagnostician, Cha Thrat thought, but that in no way excused its unprofessional behavior.

Yeppha putting designs in subtly graduated colors on the screen and Cha Thrat telling it what she saw or did not see.

Timmins asked Cha Thrat to wait while the other assignments were given out.

With any luck Pathologist Murchison would believe, and go on believing, that Cha Thrat was a self-opinionated maintenance technician and one-time trainee nurse with delusions of grandeur and, for the time being at least, the team leader was leaving her ears unpinned.

Naydrad kept the fetus twitching slowly within the womb, and Danalta, using appendages whose shape and movements would give Cha Thrat bad dreams for many nights to come, tried to press and turn it into optimum position, she tried desperately to get through to her deeply unconscious mind-partner.

Chen discussed the purpose of the equipment they were moving from the nearby stowage compartment to the lock, so that Cha Thrat felt her level of ignorance was being reduced without the feelings of stupidity and inferiority that so often accompanied that process.

Murchison said, making Cha Thrat realize that she had been thinking aloud.