pennyroyal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pennyroyal erect hairy branching American herb having purple-blue flowers; yields an essential oil used as an insect repellent and sometimes in folk medicine
    • n pennyroyal Eurasian perennial mint have small lilac-blue flowers and ovate leaves; yields an aromatic oil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pennyroyal (Bot) An aromatic herb (Mentha Pulegium) of Europe; also, a North American plant (Hedeoma pulegioides) resembling it in flavor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pennyroyal A much-branched prostrate perennial herb, Mentha Pulegium, of Europe and western Asia. The leaves are small for a mint, and the flowers are in dense axillary whorls. Though once credited with peculiar virtues, it has only the aromatic properties of other mints, and its use is now chiefly domestic. Its essential oil is to some extent distilled. It has also been called hillwort, origan, and pudding-grass.
    • n pennyroyal A plant of the genus Hedeoma; the American pennyroyal. See Hedeoma, and oil of hedeoma (under oil).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pennyroyal pen′i-roi-al a species of mint, much in use in domestic medicine, in the form of a warm infusion, to promote perspiration and as an emmenagogue.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A corruption of OE. puliall royal,. OE. puliall, is ultimately derived fr. L. puleium, or pulegium, regium (so called as being good against fleas), fr. pulex, a flea; and royal, is a translation of L. regium, in puleium regium,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. from old form pulial, which is traced through O. Fr. to L. puleium regium, the plant pennyroyal—pulex, a flea.

Usage

In literature:

Through the open window came the murmur of the running stream, the scent of pennyroyal, and the rays of the setting sun.
"Peggy-Alone" by Mary Agnes Byrne
It was a sunny little room, with a pleasant smell of pennyroyal about it.
"Hildegarde's Holiday" by Laura E. Richards
The spicy odour of pennyroyal bruised underfoot, came to her nostrils like incense.
"Judith of the Cumberlands" by Alice MacGowan
From under the boys' feet rose the fragrance of sweet grass and pennyroyal.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Me and old Uncle Harvey Dean was jest alike about pennyroy'l.
"Aunt Jane of Kentucky" by Eliza Calvert Hall
Had it not been for our pennyroyal and bacon grease, the bay horse would have been eaten raw.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
Chop a quantity of pennyroyal, savoury and thyme; add salt and pepper, and allspice finely powdered.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
That turned the tide of Pennyroyal's resistance.
"David Dunne" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
Pennyroyal does better in a rich loam.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
I've killed two Yankees this mornin', an' I'm not in the humor to fool around with an old pennyroyal huzzy like yo'.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy
It was a certain judge this time, and with him an old comrade-at-arms, come up from the Pennyroyal to see him.
"The House of Fulfilment" by George Madden Martin
I wish I had been doin' somethin' with more snap to it, just to gratify Pennyroyal.
"The Loves of Ambrose" by Margaret Vandercook
His words were not dry herbs, but fresh pennyroyal, sharp with scent.
"A Yankee from the West" by Opie Read
We have often used a mixture of equal parts of oil of pennyroyal and kerosene, applied to the hands and face.
"Handbook of Medical Entomology" by William Albert Riley
After this demonstration the epoptae partook of barley meal flavoured with pennyroyal, as a solemn form of communion with Demeter.
"The Eleusinian Mysteries and Rites" by Dudley Wright
Living was leisurely down in the Pennyroyal Region of those old days.
"Oldfield" by Nancy Huston Banks
Here's pennyroyal and marygolds.
"A History of the Cries of London" by Charles Hindley
Here's pennyroyal and marygolds!
"The Cries of London" by John Thomas Smith
To be given every morning in a pint of warm pennyroyal tea.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
Pennyroyal and mint are betrayed.
"Minstrel Weather" by Marian Storm
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In poetry:

Far before it meadows full
Of green pennyroyal sank;
Clover-dotted as with wool
Here and there; with now a bank
Hot of color; and the cool
"The Old Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein
"There's pennyroyal you might have got,-
It might have been useful to you or me,
But I never heard, in all my life,
Of buttercup cordial or buttercup tea.
"Phoebe's Wooing" by Horatio Alger Jr
There is no star yet: but the smell
Of hay and pennyroyal mix
With herb aromas of the dell,
Where the root-hidden cricket clicks:
Among the ironweeds a bell
Clangs near the rail-fenced clover-ricks.
""Below The Sunset’s Range Of Rose"" by Madison Julius Cawein
The pungent fragrance of the mint
And pennyroyal drench her gown,
That leaves long shreds of trumpet-blossom tint
Among the thorns, and everywhere the glint
Of gold and white and brown
Her flowery steps waft down.
"Summer Noontide" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

A man-made earth dam separates Camp Pennyroyal from an adjacent area proposed to be the site of a strip mine.
St John's Wort, Kava, Comfrey, Chaparral , and Pennyroyal.
St John's Wort, Kava, Comfrey , Chaparral, and Pennyroyal.
We end our excursion by foraging some mountain pennyroyal, Monardella odoratissima.
St John's Wort, Kava, Comfrey, Chaparral, and Pennyroyal.
St John's Wort, Kava , Comfrey, Chaparral, and Pennyroyal.
Moron Brothers to perform at Pennyroyal Opera House in Fairview.
Pennyroyal Arts Council hires new director.
The Pennyroyal Arts Council has announced the hiring of a new director.
Moron Brothers to perform at Pennyroyal Opera House in Fairview.
Pennyroyal Ruritan Club has its annual picnic.
The Spinney Brothers take the stage Friday at Pennyroyal Opera House in Fairview.
St John's Wort, Kava, Comfrey, Chaparral, and Pennyroyal .
The lead guitarist for the snaky band designed a pendant featuring Jack "the Camera Guy" for the rock and roll jewelry line PennyRoyal Silver.
Pennyroyal Ruritan Club has its annual picnic.
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