Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of plants of the natural order Labiatæ, the tribe Satureineæ, and the subtribe Melisseæ.
  • noun In zoology, same as Andrena.

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

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of labiate herbs, including the balm, or bee balm (Melissa officinalis).

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  • noun A plant of the Melissa genus, especially lemon balm, often used medicinally.

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

  • noun a genus of Old World mints of the family Labiatae

Etymologies

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From Late Latin melissa, from Ancient Greek μέλισσα ("bee") (because the plant attracted bees).

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