catnip


cat·nip

noun \-ˌnip\

: a type of mint that has a strong smell which is attractive to cats

Full Definition of CATNIP

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

Origin of CATNIP

1cat + obsolete nep catnip, from Middle English, from Old English nepte, from Latin nepeta
First Known Use: 1712

cat·nip

noun \-ˌnip\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CATNIP

1
: a strong-scented mint (Nepeta cataria) that has small pale flowers in terminal spikes and contains a substance attractive to cats—called also cataria, catmint
2
: cataria 2

Variants of CATNIP

cat·nip also cat·nep \-ˌnep, -nəp\

catnip

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Catnip (Nepeta cataria).—Walter Chandoha

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.

Variants of CATNIP

catnip or catmint

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