perilla

noun pe·ril·la \ pə-ˈri-lə \
Updated on: 31 Mar 2018

Definition of perilla

: any of a genus (Perilla) of Asian mints that have a bilabiate fruiting calyx and rugose nutlets

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Origin and Etymology of perilla

borrowed from New Latin, genus name, of unknown origin
Note: Taxon introduced by Linnaeus in Genera plantarum, 6th edition, (Stockholm, 1764), p. 578. Linnaeus gives no source or explanation for the coinage. The name Perilla is known in Latin literature from poems addressed by Ovid to a real or pseudonymous "Perilla," though inscriptional evidence for such a given name in Rome is apparently lacking.


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