- an aromatic Old World plant, Mentha pulegium, of the mint family, having clusters of small purple flowers and yielding a pungent essential oil used medicinally and as an insect repellent.
- Also called mock pennyroyal. a similar, related plant, Hedeoma pulegioides, of eastern North America, having bluish flowers growing from the leaf axils.
- any of several other aromatic plants of the mint family.
Origin of pennyroyal
Examples from the Web for pennyroyal
Contemporary Examples of pennyroyal
And Kurt was so happy with it that a few months later he asked me to do another video for them for a song called “Pennyroyal Tea.”How Nirvana Shot the ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ Video
September 13, 2013
Historical Examples of pennyroyal
Some of the provident produced bottles of oil of pennyroyal.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
I told her to bring me some pennyroyal along from the field next the quarry.
Aunt Maria told me you were here—she is impatient for her pennyroyal.
It was a sunny little room, with a pleasant smell of pennyroyal about it.Hildegarde's Holiday
Laura E. Richards
If more convenient, sprinkle the bedding with oil or essence of pennyroyal.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book
- a Eurasian plant, Mentha pulegium, with hairy leaves and small mauve flowers, that yields an aromatic oil used in medicine: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
- Also called: mock pennyroyal a similar and related plant, Hedeoma pulegioides, of E North America
Word Origin for pennyroyal
herb, 1520s, alteration by folk etymology of Anglo-French puliol real; for second element see royal; first element ultimately from Latin puleium "thyme," of unknown origin.