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catnip

[kat-nip] /ˈkæt nɪp/
noun
1.
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
1705-1715
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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British Dictionary definitions for cat-nip

catnip

/ˈkætˌnɪp/
noun
1.
another name for catmint
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Word Origin and History for cat-nip

catnip

n.

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.).

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