One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An aromatic Eurasian herbaceous plant or shrub with blue or lilac flowers.
Genus Calamintha, family Labiatae
- ‘The larvae feed on mints, including spearmint and Apple mint, marjoram, Meadow-clary, Lemon balm, catmint and calamints.’
- ‘Yarrows, calamints, and meadow sage come from the meadows of Europe; peonies from southeastern Europe, the Caucasus, Siberia, Tibet, and China; balloon flowers from wet meadows in Japan and eastern China; and Cape fuchsia from stream banks in the mountains of southern Africa.’
- ‘Cretan calamint is an amazingly versatile herb in the kitchen.’
- ‘He rubbed a mixture of charcoal, calamint, water mint, and other dried herbs into his pelt to try to blot out the stench of the village, then toppled onto a pallet in one of the guest rooms to fall asleep within seconds.’
- ‘Planted with the setting sun behind it, calamint turns into a luminous star of the evening garden.’
- ‘Some plants I like in front of ornamental grasses are any daisy type flower [like purple coneflowers, black eyed Susans, coreopsis, asters], catmints and calamints, Russian sage, liatris, sedums, gaura, salvias and veronicas, daylilies and small spireas.’
- ‘There are many species of calamint, many native to Europe and Asia.’
- ‘Lesser calamint was commonly used as a medicinal herb in medieval times, though is little used by modern herbalists.’
- ‘Click here to go to the Catnips & calamints Description Page which includes horticultural information about each plant.’
- ‘The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia recommends calamint for nervous and digestive complaints, menstrual pains, colds, chills and cramps; it has specific application in cases of infantile flatulent colic.’
Middle English: from Old French calament, from medieval Latin calamentum, from late Latin calaminthe, from Greek kalaminthē.
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