pep·​per·​mint | \ ˈpe-pər-ˌmint How to pronounce peppermint (audio) , -mənt, in rapid speech ˈpep-mənt or -ᵊm-ənt\

Definition of peppermint

1a : a pungent and aromatic mint (Mentha piperita) with dark green lanceolate leaves and whorls of small pink flowers in spikes
b : any of several mints (such as M. arvensis) that are related to the peppermint
2 : candy flavored with peppermint

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Other Words from peppermint

pepperminty \ ˈpe-​pər-​ˌmin-​tē How to pronounce pepperminty (audio) \ adjective

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The refreshing peppermint scent is pretty unoffensive and universal enough to be used by both genders. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "Can I Use My Boyfriend’s Moisturizer?," 30 Aug. 2019 Medix Hyaluronic Acid + Bulgarian Rose Instant Hydration Cream - $13.07 Khloé also supports Moon, a new elevated oral care brand that sister Kendall Jenner partnered with, by using the refreshing flouride-free charcoal and peppermint mouthwash. Kaitlyn Frey,, "The Beauty Products Khloé Kardashian Uses in Her Current Skincare Lineup," 27 Aug. 2019 There are chemical deterrents, including peppermint and capsaicin, that should be used with caution. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Are there non-lethal ways of controlling Bay Area’s rat population?," 9 Aug. 2019 While peppermint and spearmint are the most familiar, herb gardeners can also grow the furry apple mint, orange mint, and the popular chocolate mint. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Fresh Mint That Won't Overrun Your Garden," 22 Aug. 2018 But icebox cakes are truly fantastic any time of the year — think ginger-chai for Thanksgiving, peppermint-chocolate for Christmas, or Black Forest for Valentine’s Day. Jessie Sheehan, Washington Post, "How to make an icebox cake, the coolest (literally!) no-bake dessert," 1 Aug. 2019 The Ice Cream Store overlooking the outer harbor offers peppermint stick ice cream all summer long. James R. Carroll, USA TODAY, "Cape Ann, Massachusetts: A charming alternative to Cape Cod with sandy beaches and fried clams," 3 June 2019 There are about 30 core flavors on the menu, along with a slew of in-season offerings (peach in the summer, peppermint stick during the holidays). Globe Staff,, "Where to take your kids to eat this summer vacation," 16 July 2019 While peppermint, lavender and other herbs can have a soothing effect on humans and animals, the concentrated oils are just too much. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Seemingly benign skunk deterrent can be dangerous for cats," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of peppermint

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of peppermint was in 1696

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English Language Learners Definition of peppermint

: a plant that produces an oil that is used especially to flavor candies
: a candy flavored with peppermint


pep·​per·​mint | \ ˈpe-pər-ˌmint How to pronounce peppermint (audio) \

Kids Definition of peppermint

1 : a mint plant with small usually purple flowers that yields an oil used especially to flavor candies
2 : a candy flavored with peppermint


pep·​per·​mint | \ -ˌmint, -mənt How to pronounce peppermint (audio) \

Medical Definition of peppermint

: a mint of the genus Mentha (M. piperita) with dark green leaves and spikes of small pink flowers from which an aromatic oil is obtained

Other Words from peppermint

pepperminty \ ˈpep-​ər-​ˌmint-​ē How to pronounce pepperminty (audio) \ adjective

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