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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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 Céline sunglasses, Byredo travel perfume and case, Joelle Ciocco intensive eye care, Altoids peppermint mints, Rodin lip balm, travel size Marvis toothpaste, Mason Pearson brush, Muji sketchbook and pen, and Matt’s Munchies mango snacks. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rosetta Getty's Travel-Focused Collection is All You Need to Pack," 29 June 2018 Enjoying a lemon stick, also known as the lemon/peppermint stick, has been a FlowerMart tradition since .... Colin Campbell,, "Baltimore street closures, parking restrictions in effect for FlowerMart 2018 this weekend," 3 May 2018 The peppermint is super-tingly on your skin and the aromatherapy is healing for your throat and lungs. Whitney Middleton, Glamour, "I Spend $2,000 a Year Dyeing My Hair Blue," 30 May 2018 Their frozen lineup skews more to modern tastes with dulce de leche, sea salt caramel, and peppermint bark. Lauren Delgado,, "Take a break from steamy summer with cool, creamy gelato," 12 July 2018 Flavors have included MoonPie, peppermint, biscotti, bubblegum, turtle cheesecake and candy corn. Mary Colurso |,, "14 great places to get ice cream in Alabama this winter (and why you should)," 30 Jan. 2018 And of course, there are vast fields of peppermint and spearmint for any needs. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "‘Goat’ herb garden always within convenient kitchen reach," 22 June 2018 First, that heavy dose of peppermint smells fresh and is strong enough to mask some really nasty odors. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "We (and Drake) Love Dr. Bronner's," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of peppermint

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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