Oswego tea


Os·​we·​go tea ä-ˈswē-gō- How to pronounce Oswego tea (audio)
: a North American mint (Monarda didyma) with showy scarlet irregular flowers

Word History


Oswego River, N. Y.

First Known Use

1747, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Oswego tea was in 1747

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“Oswego tea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Oswego%20tea. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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