catnip

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noun cat·nip \-ˌnip\

Definition of catnip

  1. 1 :  a strong-scented perennial mint (Nepeta cataria) that has whorls of small pale flowers in terminal spikes and contains a substance attractive to cats

  2. 2 :  something very attractive

Origin and Etymology of catnip

1cat + obsolete nep catnip, from Middle English, from Old English nepte, from Latin nepeta


First Known Use: 1712


CATNIP Defined for English Language Learners

catnip

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noun cat·nip \-ˌnip\

Definition of catnip for English Language Learners

  • : a type of mint that has a strong smell which is attractive to cats


CATNIP Defined for Kids

catnip

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noun cat·nip \ˈkat-ˌnip\

Definition of catnip for Students

  1. :  a plant that is a mint with a smell especially attractive to cats


Medical Dictionary

catnip

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noun cat·nip \-ˌnip\
variants: also

catnep

\-ˌnep, -nəp\play

Medical Definition of catnip

  1. 1:  a strong-scented mint (Nepeta cataria) that has small pale flowers in terminal spikes and contains a substance attractive to cats—called also cataria, catmint

  2. 2:  cataria 2



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