American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A perennial, aromatic eastern North American plant (Monarda punctata) having opposite leaves and yellowish flowers with purple spots. Also called wild bergamot.
- n. A Eurasian wild mint (Mentha longifolia), naturalized in the eastern United States and having long, opposite leaves and dense, spikelike elongated clusters of flowers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wild mint of Europe, Mentha sylvestris.
- n. An American plant, Monarda punctata, common from New York southward.
- n. US A coarse American plant of the mint family (Monarda punctata).
- n. UK The wild mint (Mentha sylvestris).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A coarse American plant of the Mint family (Monarda punctata).
- n. In England, the wild mint (Mentha sylvestris).
- n. tall erect perennial or annual having lanceolate leaves and heads of purple-spotted creamy flowers; many subspecies grown from eastern to southwestern United States and in Mexico
- n. an annual horsemint of central and western United States and northern Mexico
- n. a coarse Old World wild water mint having long leaves and spikelike clusters of flowers; naturalized in the eastern United States
- horse + mint (Wiktionary)
“Wrap it in a rag and put it in a pitcher with a little sage, horsemint and other sweating herbs.”
“And a nice day to you too - the drought hasn't yet broken out in forest fires; one of the local does has triplets and her efforts to wean them are comical to everyone but the indignant fawns; the horsemint is out and aphrodite fritillaries are thronging it - although I have to say that 'throning' is kind of a euphemism for what the wanton butterflies are actually doing to those stamens and pistils.”
“She felt his brimming strength, the magnetism in his bones, and she saw herself as if through his eyes backsprawled in a ruffle of grass and horsemint.”
“She ran back, found the dried horsemint, and added hot water to the leaves.”
“When it dries, wet it again with cold water poured on the bandage, "she finished in a rush, then paused to think" And dried horsemint flowers and leaves are good for scalds; wet them in the hand and put them on the burn.”
“Horehound, horsemint, and the sensitive fern grew close to the edge, under the willows and alders, and wool-grass on the islands, as along the Assabet River in Concord.”
“We made bouquets from the great beds of horsemint with its tiny white blossom, and we shelled the milkweed pod and with the white silky hair stuffed mattresses for our dolls.”
“But, nature is a bolder artist than even the daring scenic painters; in front of me was a prairie of flowers, acres and acres of waving, undulating masses of color; thousands of Arizona wyetha (wild sunflowers) mingled with the brilliant tips of the fire-weed and clumps of odorous and delicately colored horsemint.”
“Monarda punctata, L. Dotted monarda; horsemint; origanum.”
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“There's lavender and horsemint, and calamus to burn when you go inteu the room.”
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