One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1US. The plant Oswego tea, Monarda didyma. Compare mountain balm. Now rare.
2US. Any of various plants of the genus Pycnanthemum (family Lamiaceae (Labiatae)), whose leaves when crushed smell of mint.
Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From mountain + mint, after post-classical Latin calamentum montanum.
mountain mint/ˌmaʊntɪn ˈmɪnt/
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