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calamint

[ kal-uh-mint ]
/ ˈkæl ə mɪnt /
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noun

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.

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Also called basil thyme.

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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calamint
/ (ˈkæləˌmɪnt) /

noun

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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