a plant, Nepeta cataria, of the mint family, having egg-shaped leaves containing aromatic oils that are a cat attractant.
- Also especially British, catmint.
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How to use catnip in a sentence
This interactive toy moves like a real fish and even has a catnip pouch to keep your cat happy.Best cat toys: Your favorite feline will give two paws up to these cat accessories | Irena Collaku | July 21, 2021 | Popular-Science
Studies have shown that catnip may be as effective at deterring insects as the widely used synthetic repellent diethyl-m-toluamide.Scientists may have finally found how catnip repels insects | Erin Garcia de Jesus | April 5, 2021 | Science News For Students
Fruit flies were less likely to lay eggs on the side of a petri dish that was treated with catnip or its active component, nepetalactone.
Mosquitoes were also less likely to take blood from a human hand coated with catnip.
A pot might be better, he says, since catnip can spread like a weed, taking over a garden.
In a culture that worships celebrities while pretending to disdain them, the Sony emails are catnip for the masses.
Coded references to risqué and sexual matters were catnip to the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Cole Porter.
The exchange was catnip for reporters, and Republican political operatives passed the clip around with glee.Hillary Clinton Wants It Both Ways on Gay Marriage | David Freedlander | July 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That message was like catnip and I am the worst kind of kitten: I love trouble.The Return of the Replacements: Here Comes a Regular | Elizabeth Wurtzel | September 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY Movie stars who prove they can really act on Broadway are catnip for Tony voters.The Tony Awards Are About a Lot More Than Theatrical Excellence | Janice Kaplan | June 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then she will throw herself against it sideways and rub against it like a tom-cat in a catnip bed.
The house cat, fat and lazy, had found a little patch of catnip that had started showing signs of growth.
The catnip seemed to fill him with a spring madness that induced all kinds of foolish excesses.
She led this cat up to her catnip bed, and watched her kindly, while she rolled and rubbed herself in it.Beautiful Joe | Marshall Saunders
catnip is a favorite plant with cats, and Miss Laura always kept some of it growing for Malta.Beautiful Joe | Marshall Saunders
British Dictionary definitions for catnip
another name for catmint
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