Definition of perilla in US English:



  • An Asian plant of the mint family with medicinal and culinary uses. It is regarded as an invasive weed in some areas.

    Perilla frutescens, family Labatiae

    • ‘It is also known as perilla because its shape, derived from the wooden mould in which it is made, could be likened to a flattened pear as well as to a breast.’
    • ‘A black and green garden collection of 96 plants costs £120 and includes dark dahlias, cosmos, perilla and scabiosa and green euphorbias, gladiolus and zinnia.’
    • ‘Antibacterial grapefruit seed extract (known to control gingivitis) and perilla seed extract help inhibit the bacteria that can cause plaque and tooth decay.’
    • ‘Two examples of herbs in this category include Pinellia and perilla.’
    • ‘Few plants have made such a splash so quickly as Magilla perilla.’