any of several aromatic plants belonging to the genus Calamintha (or Satureja) of the mint family, having simple, opposite leaves and drooping clusters of flowers.

Nearby words

  1. calamary,
  2. calamata olive,
  3. calamian islands,
  4. calamine,
  5. calamine brass,
  6. calamite,
  7. calamitous,
  8. calamity,
  9. calamity jane,
  10. calamondin

Origin of calamint

1225–75; alteration (by association with mint2) of Middle English calament < Medieval Latin calamentum, Latin calamintha < Greek kalamínthē

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British Dictionary definitions for calamint



any aromatic Eurasian plant of the genus Satureja (or Calamintha), having clusters of purple or pink flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)

Word Origin for calamint

C14: from Old French calament (but influenced by English mint 1), from Medieval Latin calamentum, from Greek kalaminthē

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