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dittany

[dit-n-ee] /ˈdɪt n i/
noun, plural dittanies.
1.
a Cretan plant, Origanum dictamnus, of the mint family, having spikes of purple flowers and formerly believed to have medicinal qualities.
2.
Also called stone mint. a North American plant, Cunila origanoides, of the mint family, bearing clusters of purplish flowers.
3.
Origin of dittany
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English ditane, detany < Old French dita(i)n < Latin dictamnus, dictamnum < Greek díktamnon, perhaps akin to Díktē, a mountain in Crete where the herb abounded
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dittany

/ˈdɪtənɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
an aromatic Cretan plant, Origanum dictamnus, with pink drooping flowers: formerly credited with great medicinal properties: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
2.
Also called stone mint. a North American labiate plant, Cunila origanoides, with clusters of purplish flowers
3.
another name for gas plant
Word Origin
C14: from Old French ditan, from Latin dictamnus, from Greek diktamnon, perhaps from Diktē, mountain in Crete
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