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[ 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.

Nearby words

calamary, calamata olive, calamian islands, calamine, calamine brass, calamint, calamite, calamitous, calamity, calamity jane, calamondin

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for calamint

  • Calamint, kal′a-mint, n. a genus of Labiate plants closely allied to balm and thyme.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)|Various
  • 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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