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

  • n. An aromatic woolly plant (Origanum dictamnus) native to Crete, formerly believed to have magical powers.
  • n. See stone mint.
  • n. See gas plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A labiate plant, Origanum dictamnus, formerly renowned for its medicinal properties; dittany of Crete.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant of the Mint family (Origanum Dictamnus), a native of Crete.
  • n. The Dictamnus Fraxinella. See dictamnus.
  • n. In America, the Cunila Mariana, a fragrant herb of the Mint family.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A common name in England for the plant Dictamnus albus.
  • n. In the United States, Cunila Mariana, a fragrant labiate of the Atlantic States.
  • n. A labiate, Origanum Dictamnus, the so-called dittany of Crete.

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

  • n. Eurasian perennial herb with white flowers that emit flammable vapor in hot weather


Middle English ditaine, from Old French ditan, from Latin dictamnus, from Greek diktamnon, perhaps after Mount Diktē (Dhíkti), a peak in eastern Crete.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French ditan (French dictame), from Latin dictamnum, from Ancient Greek δίκταμνον (diktamnon), reportedly from Δικτή (Diktē, "Dicte"), a mountain in Crete on whose slopes the plant grew. (Wiktionary)



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  • The brewing herbs and spew of ocean
    The witches list with fierce devotion.
    There's eel tongue and dittany
    In that potent litany.
    The chant is stronger than the potion.

    March 26, 2015

  • Hermione used this on Ron's arm after he got splinched.

    June 26, 2012

  • past tense response to questioning of non question: "oh no he didn't"
    example: dittany he just steal my slim jim?

    June 19, 2010

  • Usage on confectio Damocritis. Also on eyebright.

    October 16, 2008

  • Right.

    April 15, 2008

  • Also called fraxinella or "gas plant." I think I'll pass.

    Oh...sorry. That was horribly accidental.

    April 15, 2008

  • Lol, love the definition. So much for sneaking out for a fag in the garden.

    April 15, 2008