- an aromatic Old World plant, Mentha pulegium, of the mint family, having clusters of small purple flowers and yielding a pungent essential oil used medicinally and as an insect repellent.
- Also called mock pennyroyal. a similar, related plant, Hedeoma pulegioides, of eastern North America, having bluish flowers growing from the leaf axils.
- any of several other aromatic plants of the mint family.
Origin of pennyroyal
Examples from the Web for pennyroyal
And Kurt was so happy with it that a few months later he asked me to do another video for them for a song called “Pennyroyal Tea.”How Nirvana Shot the ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ Video
September 13, 2013
Some of the provident produced bottles of oil of pennyroyal.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
I told her to bring me some pennyroyal along from the field next the quarry.
Aunt Maria told me you were here—she is impatient for her pennyroyal.
It was a sunny little room, with a pleasant smell of pennyroyal about it.Hildegarde's Holiday
Laura E. Richards
If more convenient, sprinkle the bedding with oil or essence of pennyroyal.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book
- a Eurasian plant, Mentha pulegium, with hairy leaves and small mauve flowers, that yields an aromatic oil used in medicine: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
- Also called: mock pennyroyal a similar and related plant, Hedeoma pulegioides, of E North America
Word Origin and History for pennyroyal
herb, 1520s, alteration by folk etymology of Anglo-French puliol real; for second element see royal; first element ultimately from Latin puleium "thyme," of unknown origin.