catnip

noun cat·nip \ -ˌnip \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of catnip

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 :something very attractive

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Origin and Etymology of catnip

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


CATNIP Defined for English Language Learners

catnip

noun

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

noun cat·nip \ ˈkat-ˌnip \

Definition of catnip for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

catnip

noun cat·nip \ -ˌnip \
variants: also catnep play \-ˌnep, -nəp\

medical Definition of catnip

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 :cataria 2


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