- any of several aromatic Asian plants belonging to the genus Perilla, of the mint family, especially P. frutescens, which has become naturalized in the eastern U.S. and from which perilla oil is obtained.
Origin of perilla
< New Latin (Linnaeus), of uncertain origin
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Perilla had come back in the summer and gone with her to Sulmo.Roads from Rome
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Most of the Mexicans were natives of Perilla, and one and all swore that they were as innocent of evil intent as unborn children.
Buck and Jessup were there ahead of time, but it was more than an hour later when the posse left Perilla.
The lumbang and perilla oils were imported and arrived subsequent to the starting of the tests.
The perilla oil was made from one of the first importations into this country, and was dark in appearance.