spearmint

[ speer-mint ]
/ ˈspɪərˌmɪnt /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. spearfisherman,
  2. spearhead,
  3. spearing,
  4. spearman,
  5. spearman's rank-order coefficient,
  6. spearpoint,
  7. spears,
  8. spearwort,
  9. spec,
  10. spec sheet

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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Word Origin and History for spearmint

spearmint

n.

1530s, from spear (n.1) + mint (n.1).

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