refers to a tapioca ball that can be found in many flavors and colors, most commonly large, black, and sweet, which is contained in cold, flavored green, black, or oolang tea, coffee, smoothies, slushies, and snow bubbles
. originated as refering to the drink itself, being "bubble tea"--tea that has been shaken to insured proper mixing causing bubbles to form. this is popular in places with large populations of asian people, especially in the annoying teeny bopper age group. served anywhere from asian restaraunts, trendy cafes, coffee shops, hole-in-the-wall diners, and juice bars.