Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An aromatic Eurasian plant (Mentha spicata) having clusters of small purplish flowers and yielding an oil used widely as a flavoring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A herb of the mint family, commonly used in herb tea, candy and to treat mild stomach ache.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of mint (Mentha viridis) growing in moist soil. It vields an aromatic oil. See mint, and mentha.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An aromatic plant, Mentha viridis, the common garden-mint, or mint proper. It is known chiefly in gardens, or as an escape from them, in both hemispheres, and is suspected to be a garden or accidental variety of M. Sylvestris. Its properties are those of peppermint, and it yields an oil like that of the latter, but with a more pleasant flavor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. common garden herb having clusters of small purplish flowers and yielding an oil used as a flavoring

Etymologies

So named from its spiry, not capitate, inflorescence. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The bilious powders were made of the leaves of four plants familiarly known as spearmint, sunflower, smartweed, and yarrow.

    The Reminiscences of an Astronomer

  • Best-selling natural items include “MotherEarth D,” a powder made of diatomaceous earth (ground fossils) that triggers dehydration and death in bugs, as well as an “EcoExempt IC-2” spray made from botanical oils such as spearmint and rosemary.

    Death by Mint Oil: Natural Pesticides

  • I'd also like to know if peppermint tastes different than spearmint which is the only kind I've ever grown.

    Wrap-up of Weekend Herb Blogging #7

  • Foliage green is more gray than green its more "spearmint". ranger green is more O. D "olive drab".

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  • Plants such as spearmint, lemon balm, English lavender, costmary and pennyroyal were used for making potpourri, warding away bugs and for "freshening the breath."

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  • Charity Sweets sell dozens of different types of sweets such as spearmint chews, dolly mixtures, milk chocolate eclairs, cola bottles, strawberry creams, wine gums, fruit bon bons and chocolate peanuts.

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  • This morning, it's just me, 180 pages of galleys, a pot of spearmint tea, and a dream -- and as much "help" as the giant ridiculous dog and the ninja kjitten and the complaint department can deliver.

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  • Sunripened tomatoes, cool cukes, sensuous spearmint, and hip hempseed as an alternative to the gluten containing bulgur wheat that is traditionally used.

    Brigitte Mars: Vegan Gluten-Free Tabouli Salad

  • Tabouli Salad is a great way to use colorful antioxidant rich fresh produce: Sunripened tomatoes, cool cukes, sensuous spearmint and hip hempseed.

    Brigitte Mars: Vegan Gluten-Free Tabouli Salad

  • Otherwise, it's time to explore the wide world of herb tea, and fortunately Mexico has some great ones, including hierabuena (spearmint) and manzanilla (chamomile).

    Buying and brewing good coffee in Mexico

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