• WordNet 3.6
    • n catnip 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
  • Interesting fact: Catnip can affect lions and tigers as well as house cats. It excites them because it contains a chemical that resembles an excretion of the dominant female's urine. Cats have 32 muscles in each ear.
    • n Catnip (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
  • Interesting fact: Catnip, or Nepeta cataria, is an herb with nepetalactone in it. Many think that when cats inhale nepetalactone, it affects hormones that arouse sexual feelings, or at least alter their brain functioning to make them feel "high." Catnip was originally made, using nepetalactone as a natural bug repellant, but roaming cats would rip up the plants before they could be put to their intended task.
    • n catnip Same as catmint.
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In literature:

I loathed the odor of catnip and she knew it.
"In Search of the Unknown" by Robert W. Chambers
Any old woman can make gruel, and feed a baby with catnip tea.
"Faith Gartney's Girlhood" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
I have seen them play with a catnip mouse for hours at a time, just as the mother cat plays with a real mouse.
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
The sage, mints, catnip, thyme, lavender, etc., will recall the peculiarities of the family.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
Then his wife, Aunt Jessica, blew in with a decoction she called catnip tea.
"You Should Worry Says John Henry" by George V. Hobart
Like several of its relatives catnip is a well-known weed.
"Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curing and Uses" by M. G. Kains
He made great cures with his calomel and his catnip tea.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
Catnip tea is also a good remedy.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
He acts as if he was rollin' in a bed of sweet catnip.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Folks used to say they had pills and catnip-tea for dinner the day they was married.
"Hildegarde's Holiday" by Laura E. Richards
And she would give them a peppermint leaf to chew, or some tansy, or maybe a drink of catnip tea.
"The Tale of Billy Woodchuck" by Arthur Scott Bailey
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
Put some catnip in a room out of reach of the cat and observe the movements of the animal.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Make catnip up an' sage tea!
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
Even catnip green and senna tea boiled can't cure that.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
Catnip 'd be better, but ain't so handy.
"Jessica Trent: Her Life on a Ranch" by Evelyn Raymond
I get almost tipsy with the odor sometimes, like a cat with catnip.
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
The cats fairly scrambled over each other for a chance to eat some of the catnip, or to roll in it.
"The Corner House Girls' Odd Find" by Grace Brooks Hill
Now, personally, the catnip and parsley kind of woman never did appeal to me; but these New York orchids are different.
"The Beauty" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
Jim, life in the country 'isn't all catnip!
"Dorothy at Skyrie" by Evelyn Raymond

In poetry:

But catnip she would eat, and purr,
But catnip she would eat, and purr.
And goldfish she did much prefer—
Mew, mew, mew.
"The Mysterious Cat" by Vachel Lindsay
I find the vale where catnip grows,
Where boneset blooms, with moisture bowed;
The vale through which the red creek flows,
Turbid with hill-washed clay, and loud
As some wild horn a hunter blows.
"Rain In The Woods" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

What else could you call the half-beef-half-bacon patties the restaurant has pioneered if not catnip for the chest-pounding bros who might call it lunch.
But I'm guessing he's opposed to it unless he's surrounded by hundreds of frisky kitties who are eyeballing him like a giant catnip mouse.
This cat is crazy for catnip .
Kelly Johnson Christy Runde approaches the CATnip Friday 5k finish, with Alyssa Tower not far behind.
It's catnip to luxury car lovers.
Looks like someone got into the catnip.
Kitty needs some time to warm up to her new catnip-filled toy.
Proving action movies are still box office catnip, Mark Wahlberg's ' Contraband ' had a $24 million debut, making it the most popular flick at theaters this weekend.
Perhaps we should have rolled them in catnip first.
I often thought catnip was considered cat marijuana.
Don't risk TSA hassle for 'packing' catnip.
Her first crack at the genre -- " Juno " -- netted an Oscar for Original Screenplay, and fueled by a catnip-to-media backstory, Cody quickly became the rare writer people know.
Catnip for political junkies, "Lincoln" might be called "Our Better Angels in America".
Thanks to lively 3-D action and a frisky attitude, this Shrek spinoff is prime catnip for kids.
Late that night I watch Mr Chuckles trail catnip from Sidekick 's box to the garbage disposal.