Definition of dittany in English:


nounPlural dittanies

mass noun
  • Any of a number of aromatic herbaceous or shrubby plants.

    (also 'American dittany') an American herb used in cooking and herbal medicine (genus Cunila, family Labiatae).

    (also 'dittany of Crete') a dwarf shrub with white woolly leaves and pink flowers, native to Crete and Greece (Origanum dictamnus, family Labiatae).

    another term for gas plant

    • ‘Several of these - sage, rosemary, thyme, horsebalm and mountain dittany - are rich in thymol and carvacrol, compounds that help muscles relax.’
    • ‘Below them grow low-growing shrubs and ground covers, such as azaleas, dittany of Crete, ferns, and junipers.’
    • ‘It was believed that the juice of the dittany would drive away venomous beasts.’
    • ‘Another interesting plant was Cunda origanoides (dittany), seen by many of the participants, including the trip leader, for the first time.’


Late Middle English: from Old French ditain or medieval Latin ditaneum, from Latin dictamnus, dictamnum, from Greek diktamnon, perhaps from Diktē, the name of a mountain in Crete.