- 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
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Historical Examples of monarda
I have never found it with its only rival in color, the monarda or bee-balm, a species of mint.
Farther north, the cardinal-flower seems to fail, and the monarda takes its place, growing in similar localities.
Word Origin for monarda
C19: from New Latin, named after N. Monardés (1493–1588), Spanish botanist
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