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[kat-nip] /ˈkæt nɪp/
a plant, Nepeta cataria, of the mint family, having egg-shaped leaves containing aromatic oils that are a cat attractant.
Also, especially British, catmint.
1705-15, Americanism; cat1 + nip, variant of Middle English nep catnip, apocopated variant of Old English nepte < Medieval Latin nepta, variant of Latin nepeta Unabridged
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Examples from the web for catnip
  • As the name catmint suggests, cats adore this close relative of catnip.
  • Because the meetings are off the record, they are catnip to conspiracy theorists.
  • It all depends on what you do, and how many semi-legal stills you build to concentrate the essence of a hundred pounds of catnip.
  • Commencement speech season is catnip for the blogosphere.
  • The research is preliminary, and catnip has yet to be tested on humans as a mosquito repellent.
  • Your feline may find it irresistible, but catnip has rather a different effect on mosquitoes.
  • Not surprisingly, news of the imminent bumping epidemic was media catnip.
  • From the blasted pupils, it could also possibly be a catnip overdose.
  • Scratching posts with catnip to deter cats from furniture.
  • Repellency of a wax-based catnip-oil formulation against stable flied.
British Dictionary definitions for catnip


another name for catmint
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Word Origin and History for catnip

1712, American English, from cat (n.) + nip, from Old English nepte "catnip," from Latin nepta, name of an aromatic herb. The older name is Middle English catmint (mid-13c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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catnip in Technology
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