dittany

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dittany Eurasian perennial herb with white flowers that emit flammable vapor in hot weather
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dittany (Bot) A plant of the Mint family (Origanum Dictamnus), a native of Crete.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dittany A common name in England for the plant Dictamnus albus.
    • n dittany In the United States, Cunila Mariana, a fragrant labiate of the Atlantic States.
    • n dittany A labiate, Origanum Dictamnus, the so-called dittany of Crete.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dittany dit′a-ni a genus of aromatic perennial plants, formerly much used medicinally as a tonic.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. dytane, detane, dytan, OF. ditain, F. dictame, L. dictamnum, fr. Gr. di`ktamnon , di`ktamnos, a plant growing in abundance on Mount Dicte, in Crete. Cf. Dittander
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. dictame—L. dictamnus—Gr. diktamnos; prob. from Mt. Diktē in Crete.

Usage

In literature:

Spice-wood, sassafras, and dittany, are also plenty.
"A Ramble of Six Thousand Miles through the United States of America" by S. A. Ferrall
But when Venus saw how grievously her son was troubled, she brought from Ida, which is a mountain of Crete, the herb dittany.
"The Children's Hour, Volume 3 (of 10)" by Various
Her favourite flowers were the dittany, poppy, and lily.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
With your nourishing growth you surpass dittany, Ambrosia, and fragrant panacea.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
The sacred plants of the goddess were, the willow, pomegranate, the dittany and the lily.
"The Student's Mythology" by Catherine Ann White
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