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Borrowed from Hindi तिपाई / Urdu تپائی(tipāi, teapoy), which derives from a merger of Sanskrit त्रिपाद (tripāda, tripod) and Classical Persian سه پای(sih-pāy, tripod). Corresponding ultimately to Proto-Indo-European *tréyes (three) +‎ *pṓds (foot). Spelling influenced by pseudoetymological association with tea.  


teapoy (plural teapoys)

  1. Originally, a three-legged decorative stand or table; sometimes also having a tea chest for holding a tea service. [from 1820s]
    • 2019, Nancy E. Davis, The Chinese Lady: Afong Moy in Early America:
      The teapoy, derived from the Hindi/Persian phrase denoting a three-footed table, supported a tea set or tea-related objects. Not all teapoys were tripod-like tables or sold singly. The Carneses imported lacquer teapoys in sets. These sets could be easily stacked in a corner of the drawing room and brought out at teatime to hold a teacup, a set, or a caddy. The Carneses purchased lacquered teapoys sets for four dollars in China and probably sold them for twice that amount in America.


  • Bengali: টিপাই (ṭipai)

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