dit·​ta·​ny | \ ˈdi-tə-nē How to pronounce dittany (audio) \
plural dittanies

Definition of dittany

1 : a pink-flowered mint (Origanum dictamnus) that is native to Crete
2 : a North American mint (Cunila origanoides) having purplish or white flowers

First Known Use of dittany

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dittany

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

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“Dittany.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dittany. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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