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[speer-mint] /ˈspɪərˌmɪnt/
an aromatic herb, Mentha spicata, having lance-shaped leaves used for flavoring.
Origin of spearmint
First recorded in 1530-40; spear1 + mint1 Unabridged
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  • When I got my letter, I was in the gardin, right there by the spearmint bed.

    Country Neighbors

    Alice Brown
  • He seemed to think that spearmint had taken a liberty with his name, and even to resent it.

    Marge Askinforit Barry Pain
  • Balm, peppermint, spearmint, and other teas are made in the same way.

  • He bent down to regard a lean file of spearmint growing by the wall.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • I've got an important message for General Weatherby, at spearmint.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • To be given in a quart of spearmint tea, and repeated if necessary.

  • spearmint is prized by many people as a seasoning, particularly for the Thanksgiving and holiday cookery.

  • Those usually cultivated in gardens are three, Peppermint, spearmint, and Pennyroyal mint.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • spearmint thrives best in rich, moist soil; but may be grown in any good garden loam.

British Dictionary definitions for spearmint


a purple-flowered mint plant, Mentha spicata, of S and central Europe, cultivated for its leaves, which yield an oil used for flavouring
Word Origin
C16: so called because of its long narrow leaves
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Word Origin and History for spearmint

1530s, from spear (n.1) + mint (n.1).

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