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catnip definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: hairy aromatic perennial herb having whorls of small white purple-spotted flowers in a terminal spike; used in the past as a domestic remedy; strongly attractive to cats [syn: catmint, catnip, Nepeta cataria]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: 1cat + obsolete nep catnip, from Middle English, from Old English nepte, from Latin nepeta Date: 1712 1. a strong-scented perennial mint (Nepeta cataria) that has whorls of small pale flowers in terminal spikes and contains a substance attractive to cats 2. something very attractive

Britannica Concise

Aromatic herb (Nepeta cataria) of the mint family. Catnip has spikes of small, purple-dotted flowers. It has been used as a seasoning and as a medicinal tea for colds and fever. Because its mintlike flavor and aroma are particularly exciting to domestic cats, it is often used as a stuffing for cat playthings.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. = CATMINT. Etymology: CAT + dial. nip catmint, var. of dial. nep

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Catnip Cat"nip`, Catmint Cat"mint`, n. (Bot.) A well-know plant of the genus Nepeta (N. Cataria), somewhat like mint, having a string scent, and sometimes used in medicine. It is so called because cats have a peculiar fondness for it.



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