pep·​per·​mint | \ˈpe-pər-ˌmint, -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 \ adjective

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Lemon, peppermint, and rosemary oils are also known to purify and energize. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 The Mint Bubble Brush, on the other hand, provides a chilling effect, thanks to a generous dose of peppermint oil. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Lush’s Bubble Brush Bars Will Turn Your Tub into a Personal Playground," 25 Aug. 2018 By contrast, Norm’s girlfriend, Marie, drinks gin and peppermint, which sounds disgusting, if a bit more fun. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Wine Lover’s Summer Reading List," 15 Aug. 2018 So pour yourself a cup of minty tea, or ask your doc about peppermint-oil capsules. Jessica Girdwain, Redbook, "Eat to Beat Your Health Problems," 23 Nov. 2011 And here’s a pro tip: Skip the (totally decent!) shake and get a hot-fudge sundae with peppermint stick ice cream. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s top 4 burger spots — ranked by Seattle Times critics," 10 July 2018 In its concentrated form, peppermint is sometimes used as an insect repellent, and its oil has been shown to repel the adults and kill the larvae and eggs of several species. Christopher Michel, Good Housekeeping, "8 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes Naturally," 17 Feb. 2017 To soothe muscle aches, try rubbing peppermint, ginger and orange oils into the problem area. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Essential oil guide: What oils to use, how to use them and safety tips," 25 Apr. 2018 Drivers can also call a family member or friend to pick them up, caffeinate, stretch or eat a peppermint candy or chewing gum. Sarah Brookbank,, "Police: NB Central Parkway shut down after driver falls asleep, crashes into pole," 11 July 2018

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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 \

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 \

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 \ adjective

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