Peppermint and Spearmint

Peppermint

Peppermint (Mentha × piperita, also known as M. balsamea Willd.) is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint.

peppermint n 1: herb with downy leaves and small purple or white flowers that yields a pungent oil used as a flavoring [syn: {Mentha piperita}] 2: red gum tree of Tasmania [syn: {red gum}, {peppermint gum}, {Eucalyptus amygdalina}] 3: a candy flavored with peppermint oil [syn: {peppermint candy}]

Mint \Mint\ (m[i^]nt), n. [AS. minte, fr. L. mentha, Gr. mi`nqa, mi`nqh.] (Bot.) The name of several aromatic labiate plants, mostly of the genus {Mentha}, yielding odoriferous essential oils by distillation. See {Mentha}. [1913 Webster] Note: {Corn mint} is {Mentha arvensis}. {Horsemint} is {Mentha sylvestris}, and in the United States {Monarda punctata}, which differs from the true mints in several respects. {Mountain mint} is any species of the related genus {Pycnanthemum}, common in North America. {Peppermint} is {Mentha piperita}. {Spearmint} is {Mentha viridis}. {Water mint} is {Mentha aquatica}. [1913 Webster] {Mint camphor}. (Chem.) See {Menthol}. {Mint julep}. See {Julep}. {Mint sauce}, a sauce flavored with spearmint, for meats. [1913 Webster]

Peppermint \Pep"per*mint\, n. [Pepper + mint.] 1. (Bot.) An aromatic and pungent plant of the genus {Mentha} ({Mentha piperita}), much used in medicine and confectionery. [1913 Webster] 2. A volatile oil (oil of peppermint) distilled from the fresh herb; also, a well-known essence or spirit (essence of peppermint) obtained from it. [1913 Webster] 3. A lozenge of sugar flavored with peppermint. [1913 Webster] {Peppermint} camphor. (Chem.) Same as {Menthol}. {Peppermint tree} (Bot.), a name given to several Australian species of gum tree ({Eucalyptus amygdalina}, {Eucalyptus piperita}, {E. odorata}, etc.) which have hard and durable wood, and yield an essential oil. [1913 Webster]

Peppermint \Pep"per*mint\, n. [Pepper + mint.] 1. (Bot.) An aromatic and pungent plant of the genus {Mentha} ({Mentha piperita}), much used in medicine and confectionery. [1913 Webster] 2. A volatile oil (oil of peppermint) distilled from the fresh herb; also, a well-known essence or spirit (essence of peppermint) obtained from it. [1913 Webster] 3. A lozenge of sugar flavored with peppermint. [1913 Webster] {Peppermint} camphor. (Chem.) Same as {Menthol}. {Peppermint tree} (Bot.), a name given to several Australian species of gum tree ({Eucalyptus amygdalina}, {Eucalyptus piperita}, {E. odorata}, etc.) which have hard and durable wood, and yield an essential oil. [1913 Webster]

Spearmint

Mentha spicata syn. M. cordifolia (Spear Mint or Spearmint) is a species of mint native to much of Europe and southwest Asia, though its exact natural range is uncertain due to extensive early cultivation.

spearmint n : common garden herb having clusters of small purplish flowers and yielding an oil used as a flavoring [syn: {Mentha spicata}]

Mint \Mint\ (m[i^]nt), n. [AS. minte, fr. L. mentha, Gr. mi`nqa, mi`nqh.] (Bot.) The name of several aromatic labiate plants, mostly of the genus {Mentha}, yielding odoriferous essential oils by distillation. See {Mentha}. [1913 Webster] Note: {Corn mint} is {Mentha arvensis}. {Horsemint} is {Mentha sylvestris}, and in the United States {Monarda punctata}, which differs from the true mints in several respects. {Mountain mint} is any species of the related genus {Pycnanthemum}, common in North America. {Peppermint} is {Mentha piperita}. {Spearmint} is {Mentha viridis}. {Water mint} is {Mentha aquatica}. [1913 Webster] {Mint camphor}. (Chem.) See {Menthol}. {Mint julep}. See {Julep}. {Mint sauce}, a sauce flavored with spearmint, for meats. [1913 Webster]

Spearmint \Spear"mint`\, n. [So named from its spiry, not capitate, inflorescence. --Dr. Prior.] (Bot.) A species of mint ({Mentha viridis}) growing in moist soil. It vields an aromatic oil. See {Mint}, and {Mentha}. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • peppermint: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • peppermint: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • peppermint: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • peppermint: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • spearmint: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • spearmint: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • spearmint: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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