dit·​ta·​ny ˈdi-tə-nē How to pronounce dittany (audio)
plural dittanies
: a pink-flowered mint (Origanum dictamnus) that is native to Crete
: a North American mint (Cunila origanoides) having purplish or white flowers

Word History


Middle English ditoyne, detony from Anglo-French ditayne, from Latin dictamnum, from Greek diktamnon

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dittany was in the 12th century

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“Dittany.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dittany. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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