1. A small table incorporating a tea chest.
2. A small decorative three-legged table.
[Hindi tipāī, tripod, trivet, alteration (influenced by ti-, combining form of tīn, three) of Persian sipāya : si, three; see trei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + pāy, foot (from Middle Persian pāy; see ped- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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c. 1830 British rosewood teapoy
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