calamint

calamint

[kal-uh-mint]
noun
any of several aromatic plants belonging to the genus Calamintha (or Satureja ) of the mint family, having simple, opposite leaves and drooping clusters of flowers.
Also called basil thyme.


Origin:
1225–75; alteration (by association with mint2) of Middle English calament < Medieval Latin calamentum, Latin calamintha < Greek kalamínthē

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calamint (ˈkæləˌmɪnt)
 
n
any aromatic Eurasian plant of the genus Satureja (or Calamintha), having clusters of purple or pink flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
 
[C14: from Old French calament (but influenced by English mint1), from Medieval Latin calamentum, from Greek kalaminthē]

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