Definition of dittany in English:

dittany

noun

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

    See also 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.’
    • ‘Another interesting plant was Cunda origanoides (dittany), seen by many of the participants, including the trip leader, for the first time.’
    • ‘It was believed that the juice of the dittany would drive away venomous beasts.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

dittany

/ˈdit(ə)nē//ˈdɪt(ə)ni/