cat·​mint ˈkat-ˌmint How to pronounce catmint (audio)
: any of a genus (Nepeta) of Old World temperate-zone herbs of the mint family
especially : catnip sense 1

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Prelude Purple nepeta This nepeta, also known as catmint, is new for 2023. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 23 Mar. 2023 The silvery spicy-sweet foliage and the long-lasting blooms of catmint keep tons of pollinators buzzing for weeks and weeks. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 27 Jan. 2023 Trees naturally shade the eating area, while perennials such as catmint soften the edges of the design, while also attracting pollinators. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 27 Dec. 2022 Catnip, sometimes called catmint, and silver vine are both flowering plants with aromatic leaves that grow in many places around the world. Katie Hunt, CNN, 14 June 2022 Later in the season, bees cover their catmint and wild bergamot. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Apr. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of catmint was in the 13th century

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“Catmint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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