[ kal-uh-mint ]
/ ˈkæl ə mɪnt /
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.
Origin of calamint
1225–75; alteration (by association with mint2) of Middle English calament < Medieval Latin calamentum, Latin calamintha < Greek kalamínthē
Also called basil thyme.
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Examples from the Web for calamint
Calamint, kal′a-mint, n. a genus of Labiate plants closely allied to balm and thyme.
If she be of full habit of body open a vein, after preparing her with syrup of betony, calamint, hyssop and feverfew.
British Dictionary definitions for calamint
/ (ˈkæləˌmɪnt) /
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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