catnip


catnip
/kat"nip/, n.
a plant, Nepeta cataria, of the mint family, having egg-shaped leaves containing aromatic oils that are a cat attractant.
Also, esp. Brit., catmint.
[1705-15, Amer.; CAT1 + nip, var. of ME nep catnip, apocopated var. of OE nepte < ML nepta, var. of L nepeta]

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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 flavour and aroma are particularly exciting to domestic cats, it is often used as a stuffing for cat toys.

Catnip (Nepeta cataria).

Walter Chandoha

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herb
also called  Catmint 

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

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • catnip — ☆ catnip [kat′nip΄ ] n. [ CAT1 + nip, dial. for nep, catnip < L nepeta] an herb (Nepeta cataria) of the mint family, with downy leaves and spikes of white or bluish flowers that are used in flavorings and tea: cats like its odor …   English World dictionary

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  • catnip — /ˈkætnɪp/ (say katnip) noun → catmint. {cat1 + nip, variant of nep catnip, variant of nept, from Medieval Latin nepta, Latin nepeta} …   Australian English dictionary

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