cat·​mint | \ ˈkat-ˌmint How to pronounce catmint (audio) \

Definition of catmint

: any of a genus (Nepeta) of Old World temperate-zone herbs of the mint family especially : catnip sense 1

Examples of catmint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Others that produce both flowers and leaves on the same stem — catmint (Nepeta species) for example — work great. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 10 July 2021 On several occasions, Matthews said, Bonnie has smashed catmint bushes outside their home trying to pounce on insects and salamanders. Terry Ward, CNN, 29 May 2021 For example, catmint -- a long bloomer that demands little maintenance -- has both fuzzy foliage and an aroma that deer rarely tolerate. cleveland, 4 June 2020 Short plants could include Millenium Allium and catmint, perennial Geranium, May Night Salvia, stonecrop sedum and Moonshine Yarrow. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 May 2020 Cats don’t care much for fruits or vegetables, but Sonnenshein suggests planting catnip or catmint for your feline friends. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 19 Sep. 2019 Walters Gardens has also developed three summer phlox varieties and a catmint named (what else?) Cat’s Meow. Adrian Higgins, Houston Chronicle, 21 Aug. 2019 Each session ends with a tea ceremony, brewed from plants like lilac and catmint Telpner gathers on-site. USA TODAY, 12 June 2019 In the landscape Spring blooming perennials like salvia, catmint and herbs including chives, tarragon and mint can easily split open and flop after heavy rains. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of catmint

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Catmint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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