catmint

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n catmint hairy aromatic perennial herb having whorls of small white purple-spotted flowers in a terminal spike; used in the past as a domestic remedy; strongly attractive to cats
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Catmint (Bot) A well-know plant of the genus Nepeta Nepeta Cataria), somewhat like mint, having a string scent, and sometimes used in medicine. It is so called because cats have a peculiar fondness for it.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n catmint A plant of the genus Nepeta, N. Cataria: so called because cats are fond of it. It is stimulant and slightly tonic, and is a domestic remedy for various ailments. Malabar catmint is Anisomeles Malabarica, a similar labiate, used by the natives of India as a tonic and febrifuge. Also catnip.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Catmint a perennial plant resembling mint, said to be so called from the fondness cats have for it
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cat; found also in Celt., Slav., Ar., Finn, &c.

Usage

In literature:

The mints to flavor were horsemint, spearmint, peppermint, catmint, and heartmint.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
In houndstongue and catmint it has a nauseous taste.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8" by Charles H. Sylvester
At the end of the grounds was a big bed of catmint.
"Daisy" by Miranda Eliot Swan
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In news:

Trimming Catmint Plants & Surprise Tip #2.
A few sum­mer favorites stand out, like red roses, pur­ple cat­mint, and yel­low core­op­sis.
Catmint bloomsfrom spring into fall.
Blue catmint and other billowy perennials surround them.
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