spear·​mint ˈspir-ˌmint How to pronounce spearmint (audio)
: a common mint (Mentha spicata) grown for flavoring and especially for its aromatic oil

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Crumbled pistachios climb over the mire like neon green moss, making a bed for fuzzy sprouts of spearmint and peppermint and ripe blueberries as fat and glossy as sapphires. Adam Erace, Travel + Leisure, 9 Nov. 2021 Scientists who study smell have had no equivalently objective way to judge, for example, whether the smell of roses is closer to spearmint or vanilla. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 1 Mar. 2012 From de Boüard/ Philippe Nunes in the Médoc, includes aromas of chocolates bars and black cherries as well as some treacle, sage and spearmint. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2023 Each refreshing sip of spearmint helps to soothe my stomach post-dinner, and the calming scent puts me at ease and ready for bed. Megan Wahn, Bon Appétit, 11 Feb. 2023 So Andreas Keller, who led the study, whipped up 200 odor cocktails, choosing from an ingredient list of 128 odorous molecules that are the building blocks of orange, spearmint, anise and many other scents. April Reese, Discover Magazine, 20 Mar. 2014 Its Garden 108 is a herbal blend of peas and and traditional garden herbs including rosemary, thyme and spearmint. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 18 Jan. 2023 The formula has an herby and earthy fragrance, thanks to the addition of spearmint, lavender, lime and rosemary essential oils. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 This all-natural supplement is made with a revitalizing blend of lemon balm, spearmint, ginkgo biloba, and saffron, which help to keep you focused, even when you're surrounded by distractions. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spearmint was in 1562

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“Spearmint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spearmint. Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


spear·​mint -ˌmint How to pronounce spearmint (audio)
: a common mint grown for flavoring and especially for its fragrant oil

Medical Definition


: a common herb of the genus Mentha (M. spicata) cultivated for use as a flavoring agent and especially for its aromatic oil

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