pennyroyal

noun pen·ny·roy·al \ ˌpen-ē-ˈrȯi(-ə)l , ˈpe-ni-ˌrī(-ə)l \
Updated on: 19 Feb 2018

Definition of pennyroyal

1 : a European perennial mint (Mentha pulegium) with small aromatic leaves
2 : an aromatic North American mint (Hedeoma pulegioides) that has blue or violet flowers borne in axillary tufts and yields an oil used in folk medicine or to drive away mosquitoes

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Origin and Etymology of pennyroyal

probably alteration of Anglo-French puliol real, from puliol pennyroyal (ultimately from Latin puleium) + real royal


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pennyroyal

noun pen·ny·roy·al \ ˌpen-ē-ˈrȯi(-ə)l , ˈpen-i-ˌrīl \

medical Definition of pennyroyal

: any of several mints; especially : an aromatic American mint (Hedeoma pulegioides) that yields pennyroyal oil

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