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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several plants in the mint family, especially in the genera Calamintha and Clinopodium, having aromatic foliage and clusters of pink, lilac, or white flowers.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A book-name for plants of the genus Calamintha.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of perennial plants (Calamintha) of the Mint family, esp. the Calamintha Nepeta and Calamintha Acinos, which are called also basil thyme.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any species of aromatic garden herb of the genus Calamintha.

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

  • noun perennial aromatic herbs growing in hedgerows or scrub or open woodlands from western Europe to central Asia and in North America

Etymologies

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

[Middle English calaminte, from Old French calamente, from Medieval Latin calamentum, from Latin calaminthē, from Greek kalaminthē.]

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From French calament (assimilated in English to mint), from Medieval Latin calamentum, from Latin calaminthe, from Ancient Greek καλαμίνθη (kalaminthē).

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