cal·​a·​mint ˈka-lə-ˌmint How to pronounce calamint (audio)
: any of a genus (Calamintha synonym Satureja, especially C. nepeta) of Eurasian perennial mints

Examples of calamint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But this spring, just as Americans began to hunker down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rare blue bees, known scientifically as Osmia calaminthae, were rediscovered in the same region foraging on Ashe's calamint, a dainty violet flower that blooms in certain scrub habitats. Jonathan Kendall, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2020 Other guides include azalea, redbud, Lenten rose, peony, elephant ear, coleus, lantana, coneflower and savory calamint. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 7 June 2021 One of her favorites to tuck around natives is nonnative perennial calamint Calamintha nepeta. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Other guides include lenten rose, peony, redbud, azalea, elephant ear, lantana, coneflower, savory calamint and rudbeckia. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 Brighten up your outdoor spaces this summer by planting coneflowers, calamint, rudbeckia, coleus and lantana, or opt to plan a container garden. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 14 July 2021 The calamint produces plumelike stalks covered in tiny white or lavender-blue flowers that just keep coming for months. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 3 June 2021 For generations, the Sireci family has grown high-altitude indigenous Sicilian grapes, including Nero D'Avola, which has notes of calamint, eucalyptus, and incense, all herbs that grow in the wild on the island. Valentina Di Donato, Forbes, 25 June 2021 As with the calamint, rudbeckia is valued for its long season of flowering at the hottest time of year. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 7 June 2021 See More

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Word History


Middle English calament, from Anglo-French calamente, from Medieval Latin calamentum, from Greek kalaminthē

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of calamint was in the 14th century

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“Calamint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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