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maintainance foliage
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "maintainance layer- the foliage on a tea bush below the plucking table; these leaves which remain on the plants for their whole life carry out the photosynthesis which produces the new foliage in the flush"

maintainance pruning
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "Regular pruning at intervals of one to five years; this is necessary to renew the maintainance foliage and to lower the height of the plucking table which rises slowly through the pruning cycle"

matsu-cha
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "The Japanese name for Ceremony tea, which is manufactured by pulverizing ten-cha (q.v.) in a stone mortar"

maund
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "A measure of weight used in Arabia, India and Pakistan; the actual weight varies in different countries, and regions of India; the Indian Government specification is equivalent to 37.64 kg ( 82.28 lbs.)"

mother bush
As defined by: Tea: Cultivation to Consumption
   "A bush selected for its desirable characteristics which has been multiplied by vegetative propagation or tissue culture; the plants so produced form a clone"

milled
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Put through cutter or mill"

mixed
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Exaggerated form of unevenness"

mixed or uneven
As defined by: General Information
   "Leaf of varying colour"

mature
As defined by: General Information
   "But not bitter or flat"

metallic
As defined by: General Information
   "A sharp coppery flavour"

muddy
As defined by: General Information
   "A dull opaque liquor"

malty
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Desirable character"

mellow
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Well-matured; opposed to raw"

metallic
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Bitter metallic taste"

minty
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Mint-like flavour"

mouldy
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Gone off through age, or damaged by water"

mushy
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Flat; soggy"

musty
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Suspicion of mold"

muscatel
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Reminiscent of vineyards; characteristic found in exceptional Darjeelings"

make
As defined by: General Information
   "Well made (or not) and must be true to the grade"

mushy
As defined by: General Information
   "A tea which has been packed or stored with a high moisture content"

musty
As defined by: General Information
   "A tea affected with mildew"

mixed
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "More than one colour"

make
As defined by: Calcutta Tea Traders Association
   "Good style"

Mooloya
As defined by: A Hundred Years of Ceylon Tea
   "One of the earliest estates in Ceylon, a little more than 20 miles southeast of Kandy"

miang
As defined by: The Romance of Tea
   "[Ukers, 1936] native Siamese tea, chewed with salt and other condiments"

mahl
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Hindi for 'withered tea'"

malt
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Slightly high-fired tea"

mature
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "No flatness or rawness"

maund
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "(Hindi) An oriental weight which varies from 19 to 163 pounds; the Indian Government standard maund is 82.286 lbs."

metallic
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Coppery taste of some teas"

miang
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Siamese for the indigenous or native wild tea; same as Thea Sinensis (L.) Sims"

moning
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "A North China black tea"

monster
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Dutch for 'sample'"

mori
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "An Enshu, Japan, tea"

moyune
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "One of the more important China green teas"

muddy
As defined by: Ukers Tea and Coffee Trade Journal
   "Term used to describe a dull liquor"

moyunes
As defined by: A Time For Tea
   "Early on, Chinese name for the best of the green teas, Nankin, Packeong, and True Moyunes, which were once called Cowslip Hysons (which were at one time scented green teas)"

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