from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The bergamotmint, Mentha aquatica, an herb of wet places in Europe and Asiatic Russia, naturalized in other localities, growing sparingly in the eastern United States. It affords a perfumers' oil. The water-mint or brook-mint of early usage was M. sylvestris. See mint.
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- n. a European mint that thrives in wet places; has a perfume like that of the bergamot orange; naturalized in eastern North America
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Confusingly, European water-mint p. 404 is also sometimes called bergamot.
Was it the damp that brought the perfumes of the moorland so distinctly toward them -- the bog-myrtle, the water-mint and wild thyme?
Thenceforward it ran by beds of sundew, water-mint and asphodel, under woods so steeply converging that the traveller upon the ridges heard it as the trickle of water in a cavern.
The plants and grasses he trod were the asphodels, sundew, water-mint his feet had crushed -- crushed into fragrance -- five-and-twenty years ago ....
Further seawards, or rather riverwards, at a place called "Sluis," they are fringed with wild rose and wild plum, and the ditches are deep in rushes, in willow herb, in purple nightshade, water-mint, and reeds.
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