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dittany

[dit-n-ee]
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noun, plural dit·ta·nies.
  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. gas plant.

Origin of dittany

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

noun plural -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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