[pep-er-mint, -muh nt]


an herb, Mentha piperita, of the mint family, cultivated for its aromatic, pungent oil.
Also called peppermint oil. this oil, or a preparation made from it.
a lozenge or confection flavored with peppermint.

Origin of peppermint

First recorded in 1690–1700; pepper + mint1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a temperate mint plant, Mentha piperita, with purple or white flowers: cultivated for its downy leaves, which yield a pungent oil
the oil from this plant, which is used as a flavouring
a sweet flavoured with peppermint
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Word Origin and History for peppermint

1690s, from pepper (n.) + mint (n.1). As a type of candy drop by 1829.

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