bee balm

bee balm


Definition of BEE BALM

:  any of several monardas; especially :  oswego tea

First Known Use of BEE BALM


bee balm

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of 12 North American annual or perennial plants in the genus Monarda, variously known as bergamot, horsemint, and bee balm. They belong to the mint family and have showy flowers. Wild bergamot (M. fistulosa) has a minty aroma. The more sharply scented Oswego tea (M. didyma; a bergamot variety) is native to eastern North America but is widely cultivated elsewhere.


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