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[muh-nahr-duh] /məˈnɑr də/
any aromatic, erect plant belonging to the genus Monarda, of the mint family, native to North America, including horsemint and Oswego tea.
Origin of monarda
1705-15; < New Latin, named after N. Monardés (1493-1588), Spanish botanist; see -a2 Unabridged
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  • 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


any mintlike North American plant of the genus Monarda: family Lamiaceae (labiates) See also horsemint (sense 2), bergamot (sense 4)
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, named after N. Monardés (1493–1588), Spanish botanist
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