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What makes it tea? defines tea as:

  1. The prepared leaves of a shrub, or small tree (Thea Chinensis or Camellia Chinensis). The shrub is a native of China, but has been introduced to some extent into some other countries. [1913 Webster]
  2. A decoction or infusion of tea leaves in boiling water; as, tea is a common beverage. [1913 Webster]
  3. Any infusion or decoction, especially when made of the dried leaves of plants; as, sage tea; chamomile tea; catnip tea. [1913 Webster]
  4. The evening meal, at which tea is usually served; supper. [1913 Webster]