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[pep-er-mint, -muh nt] /ˈpɛp ərˌmɪnt, -mənt/
an herb, Mentha piperita, of the mint family, cultivated for its aromatic, pungent oil.
Also called peppermint oil. this oil, or a preparation made from it.
a lozenge or confection flavored with peppermint.
Origin of peppermint
1690-1700; pepper + mint1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for peppermint
  • My favorite headache cure, however, is peppermint candies.
  • If you have a facial steamer, you can use it with a drop or two of peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil.
  • For truly healthy, try a pot of ginger peppermint tea, which aids digestion and clears the nose.
  • The dough for these peppermint-flavored cookies can be made and then frozen for up to two weeks.
  • Elements of both spearmint and peppermint in flavor and fragrance.
  • Some parents also travel with peppermint candies or ginger snap cookies, which have been known to help fight motion sickness.
  • We also have a weakness for white-chocolate peppermint bark with its red-and-green sprinkles.
  • Some patients find relief using two drops of peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender oil added to one cup of water.
  • We let it cool and added one-half cup of vinegar, which was meant to fight grease, and a few drops of peppermint essential oil.
  • peppermint tea, brewed from the plant leaves, and the essential oil of peppermint are used in traditional medicines.
British Dictionary definitions for peppermint


a temperate mint plant, Mentha piperita, with purple or white flowers: cultivated for its downy leaves, which yield a pungent oil
the oil from this plant, which is used as a flavouring
a sweet flavoured with peppermint
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for peppermint

1690s, from pepper (n.) + mint (n.1). As a type of candy drop by 1829.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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