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monarda

[muh-nahr-duh]
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noun
  1. any aromatic, erect plant belonging to the genus Monarda, of the mint family, native to North America, including horsemint and Oswego tea.
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Origin of monarda

1705–15; < New Latin, named after N. Monardés (1493–1588), Spanish botanist; see -a2
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Historical Examples

  • I have never found it with its only rival in color, the monarda or bee-balm, a species of mint.

    Riverby

    John Burroughs

  • Farther north, the cardinal-flower seems to fail, and the monarda takes its place, growing in similar localities.

    Riverby

    John Burroughs


British Dictionary definitions for monarda

monarda

noun
  1. any mintlike North American plant of the genus Monarda: family Lamiaceae (labiates)See also horsemint (def. 2), bergamot (def. 4)
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, named after N. Monardés (1493–1588), Spanish botanist
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