spearmint

[ speer-mint ]
/ ˈspɪərˌmɪnt /

noun

an aromatic herb, Mentha spicata, having lance-shaped leaves used for flavoring.

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Origin of spearmint

First recorded in 1530–40; spear1 + mint1
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British Dictionary definitions for spearmint

spearmint
/ (ˈspɪəmɪnt) /

noun

a purple-flowered mint plant, Mentha spicata, of S and central Europe, cultivated for its leaves, which yield an oil used for flavouring

Word Origin for spearmint

C16: so called because of its long narrow leaves
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