peppermint

noun

pep·​per·​mint ˈpe-pər-ˌmint How to pronounce peppermint (audio)
-mənt,
 in rapid speech  ˈpep-mənt,
 or  -ᵊm-ənt
1
a
: 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
pepperminty adjective

Illustration of peppermint

Illustration of peppermint
  • peppermint 1a

Examples of peppermint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Peppermint Tea People with inflammatory digestive conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may benefit from sipping peppermint tea. Jillian Kubala, Health, 16 July 2024 Rosemary, castor, and peppermint oils are known to promote hair growth, and this formula contains all three of them (*chef’s kiss*). Katie Decker-Jacoby, StyleCaster, 9 July 2024 The 2020 has aromas of peppermint, vanilla, sweet red pepper, and dark cherry. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 5 July 2024 Similarly, mix a few drops of essential oils—like eucalyptus, almond, tea tree, and peppermint—with water and spray it around nesting sites to repel carpenter bees. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for peppermint 

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Word History

First Known Use

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of peppermint was in 1696

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“Peppermint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peppermint. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

peppermint

noun
pep·​per·​mint ˈpep-ər-ˌmint How to pronounce peppermint (audio)
-mənt
1
: a mint with stalks of small usually pink flowers that is the source of an oil which is sharp in flavor and is used especially to flavor candies
2
: candy flavored with peppermint

Medical Definition

peppermint

noun
pep·​per·​mint -ˌmint, -mənt How to pronounce peppermint (audio)
: 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
pepperminty adjective

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