[ muh-nahr-duh ]
/ məˈnɑr də /


any aromatic, erect plant belonging to the genus Monarda, of the mint family, native to North America, including horsemint and Oswego tea.

Origin of monarda

1705–15; < New Latin, named after N. Monardés (1493–1588), Spanish botanist; see -a2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for monarda

  • I have never found it with its only rival in color, the monarda or bee-balm, a species of mint.

    Riverby|John Burroughs
  • Farther north, the cardinal-flower seems to fail, and the monarda takes its place, growing in similar localities.

    Riverby|John Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for monarda

/ (mɒˈnɑːdə) /


any mintlike North American plant of the genus Monarda: family Lamiaceae (labiates)See also horsemint (def. 2), bergamot (def. 4)

Word Origin for monarda

C19: from New Latin, named after N. Monardés (1493–1588), Spanish botanist
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