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

Examples of catmint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The strong scent of the leaves of catmint can also repel garden pests, including rabbits and deer. Caitlin Huson, Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2024 These would include catmint, monarda, lavender, perennial salvia, creeping thyme, allium, Russian sage, agastache, and yarrow. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 19 Aug. 2023 Catnip and catmint can appeal equally to some felines, while others seem to prefer catnip and will pass by catmint without a second glance. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 June 2023 Plants that do well by the ocean and stay green in the winter include rhododendron, boxwood, azaleas, hydrangea, and catmint. Robert Knox,, 25 May 2023 Gerdes suggests planting Adobe Orange next to catmint such as 'Cat's Pajamas' (another of her favorites), noting that the combination of orange and purple flowers really pops. Marty Ross, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Mar. 2023 Pollinators love catmint! Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 26 May 2022 Closely related catmint can have a similar effect. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 June 2022 To help ensure pollination (and therefore, fruits), devote a nearby bed to plants that attract native and non-native bees, along with other pollinators: rosemary, California lilac (Ceanothus), African basil, yarrow, native buckwheats, lavenders, catmint (Nepeta) and others. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Catmint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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