from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the tribe Mentheae — mints.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A widely distributed genus of fragrant herbs, including the peppermint, spearmint, etc. The plants have small flowers, usually arranged in dense axillary clusters.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of aromatic labiate plants belonging to the tribe Satureineæ, type of the subtribe Menthoideæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. mint plants
Mint or Mentha spicata aka Mentha viridis, Spearmint, Naana, Pahari Pudina and Menthe Verte, belongs to the Lamiaceae family which includes Basil, Rosemary and Sage.
The common mint cultivated in our gardens is known as the Mentha viridis, and is employed in different culinary processes, being sometimes boiled with certain dishes, and afterwards withdrawn.
There are about 25 different species of mints and peppermint is actually a natural hybrid cross between Mentha aquatica (water mint) and Mentha spicata (spearmint).
Although there are more than 25 species of the genus Mentha (I have lemon mint, lime mint, chocolate mint and orange mint in my garden, each with its own delicious aroma), the most commonly found and used one is the ubiquitous peppermint.
(Mentha piperita) is one of the many delectable members of the Lamiaceae (Mint) Family and fresh tasting.
The mesophilic herbaceous undestory layer includes Anisantha sterilis, Elytrigia repens, Mentha longifolia, Cousinia umbrosa, Anthriscus longirostris, Physocaulis nodosus, and sometimes endemic wild onion Allium paradoxum.
There are two important species, Mentha spicata L. (spearmint) and Mentha piperita L. (peppermint).
This can account for the survival and continued cultivation of the many sterile natural hybrids like Peppermint which is a cross between Watermint or Mentha aquatica, and Mentha spicata.
But it is Mentha spicata or Spearmint that dominates world cultivation and consumption.
Pennyroyal (M. pulegium) is an especially pungent, peppery minor mint, apple or pineapple mint (M. suaveolens) a sweet, apple-like one, and Mentha x piper-ata “citrata” the perfumy lemon or eau de cologne mint.