fannings Likely related to the sense of “fan” which means “to winnow; to separate chaff from wheat,” derived from the noun for the device used in such a technique. «After the tea leaves are taken off the drying racks, the tiny broken pieces and “tea dust” are called “fannings” and that goes into a teabag. Yup, the leftover bits with the least amount of quality and taste are in that dunkable paper sac.» —“Let’s Have A Cuppa!” by Meg Puget Sound Cookery Feb. 28, 2009. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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