peppermint

noun
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

Examples of peppermint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Clark notes that people should not use flavors found in the baking aisle of a grocery store, such as peppermint oil and lemon extract, because heating and inhaling them can cause lipoid pneumonia, which is potentially life-threatening. Jenny Gold, chicagotribune.com, "More vapers are making their own juice, but not without risks," 15 Nov. 2019 Clark notes that people should not use flavors found in the baking aisle of a grocery store, such as peppermint oil and lemon extract, because heating and inhaling them can cause lipoid pneumonia, which is potentially life-threatening. NBC News, "More vapers are making their own juice, but not without risks," 13 Nov. 2019 Celestial Seasoning’s Raspberry Zinger has an impressively assertive flavor and aroma that’s mellowed beautifully with an equal dose of Traditional Medicinal’s peppermint tea. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Razzmintazz Smash Iced Tea," 21 Aug. 2019 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, PEOPLE.com, "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

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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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peppermint

noun
How to pronounce peppermint (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of peppermint

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

peppermint

noun
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

peppermint

noun
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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