cat-nip

catnip

[kat-nip]
noun
a plant, Nepeta cataria, of the mint family, having egg-shaped leaves containing aromatic oils that are a cat attractant.
Also, especially British, catmint.


Origin:
1705–15, Americanism; cat1 + nip, variant of Middle English nep catnip, apocopated variant of Old English nepte < Medieval Latin nepta, variant of Latin nepeta

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catnip (ˈkætˌnɪp)
 
n
another name for catmint

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catnip
1712, Amer.Eng., from cat + nip, from O.E. nepte, from L. nepta, an aromatic herb. The older name is M.E. catmint (c.1265).
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