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

Origin of spearmint

First recorded in 1530–40; spear1 + mint1
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Contemporary Examples of spearmint

  • Our bar is nothing fancy like Spearmint Rhino,” he admits, “but we try to be a friendly place.

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Historical Examples of spearmint

  • When I got my letter, I was in the gardin, right there by the spearmint bed.

  • He seemed to think that Spearmint had taken a liberty with his name, and even to resent it.

  • Balm, peppermint, spearmint, and other teas are made in the same way.

  • He bent down to regard a lean file of spearmint growing by the wall.


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  • I've got an important message for General Weatherby, at Spearmint.


    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for spearmint



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

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

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