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[ley-bee-it, -eyt]
  1. having parts that are shaped or arranged like lips; lipped.
  2. Botany.
    1. belonging to the plant family Labiatae (or Lamiaceae).Compare mint family.
    2. two-lipped; bilabiate: said of a gamopetalous corolla or gamosepalous calyx.
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  1. a labiate plant.
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Origin of labiate

From the New Latin word labiātus, dating back to 1700–10. See labium, -ate1
Related formsun·la·bi·ate, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • 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)


British Dictionary definitions for labiate


  1. any plant of the family Lamiaceae (formerly Labiatae), having square stems, aromatic leaves, and a two-lipped corolla: includes mint, thyme, sage, rosemary, etc
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  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the family Lamiaceae
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin labiātus, from Latin labium lip
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Word Origin and History for labiate


"having a lip or lip-like part," 1706, from Modern Latin labiatus "lipped," from Latin labium "lip" (see lip (n.)).

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