American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several plants of the genera Calamintha or Satureja in the mint family, cultivated for their aromatic foliage and clusters of pink, lilac, or white flowers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A book-name for plants of the genus Calamintha.
- n. Any species of aromatic garden herb of the genus Calamintha.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of perennial plants (Calamintha) of the Mint family, esp. the Calamintha Nepeta and Calamintha Acinos, which are called also basil thyme.
- n. perennial aromatic herbs growing in hedgerows or scrub or open woodlands from western Europe to central Asia and in North America
- From French calament (assimilated in English to mint), from Medieval Latin calamentum, from Latin calaminthe, from Ancient Greek καλαμίνθη (kalaminthē). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English calaminte, from Old French calamente, from Medieval Latin calamentum, from Latin calaminthē, from Greek kalaminthē. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Ilva has a herb I've never heard of, Nepitella or lesser calamint.”
“She shares photos of Nepitella, also called lesser calamint which grows wild in the area where she lives.”
“Pandan leaves and lesser calamint--2 new things I learned about today.”
“Next come the Labiatae: Marrubium vulgare, or common white horehound; Ballota fetida, or stinking horehound; Calamintha nepeta, or lesser calamint; Salvia aethiopis, or woolly sage.”
“One says that it is yellow-dock, another that it is bittersweet, another that it is slippery-elm bark, burdock, catnip, calamint, elicampane, thoroughwort, or pennyroyal.”
“The land here is of an excellent soil, and the climate is quite healthy; the soil being full of good herbs, as mints, calamint, plantain, ribwort, trefoil, scabious, and such like.”
“One lovely morning in the late summer, just before the trees were clothed with what is called "gypsy gold," and the bright green of the foliage showed scarcely a touch of bronze -- at that very moment, indeed, when the spirits of all the wild flowers that have left the common and the hedgerow seem to come back for an hour and mingle their half-forgotten perfumes with the new breath of calamint, ground-ivy, and pimpernel, he and a friend were walking towards a certain camp of gryengroes well known to them both.”
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