spear·​mint | \ ˈspir-ˌmint How to pronounce spearmint (audio) , -mənt \

Definition of spearmint

: a common mint (Mentha spicata) grown for flavoring and especially for its aromatic oil

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Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, spearmint not only freshens the breath but also prevents fungi and viruses from growing in the mouth area. Akili King, Vogue, 10 June 2021 Includes rich red fruit mid palate and a dark licorice finish with a hint of spearmint. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 10 May 2021 In a similar vein, Briogeo’s Scalp Revival mask ($32), also made with charcoal — and with tea tree, peppermint and spearmint oils to cool the skin — is recommended for use in between your shampoo and conditioner. New York Times, 13 May 2021 In the mouth—light and silky tannins, persistent and consistent acidity, plums and brownies mid palate and a lingering dark licorice/spearmint finish that keeps on giving. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 10 May 2021 The 2-ounce tea bag yields 30-40 servings and contains peppermint leaves, rosehip pieces, spearmint leaves, ginger, rooibos, hibiscus, rose, calendula and osmanthus petals. Abigail Abesamis Demarest, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 It was typically made by infusing a mix of brandy, wine and celandine juice with cloves, mace, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, sweet clover, spearmint, rosemary and cowslip for 12 hours, then distilling it into a cordial. Olivia Campbell, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Mar. 2021 The spray is made with pure essential oils—a blend of eucalyptus, spearmint, peppermint, rosemary, lavender, and tea tree. Malia Griggs, SELF, 11 Jan. 2021 The first sip makes the tip of the tongue tingle as flavors of white pepper, spearmint, wetted slate and Meyer lemons fill the mouth. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of spearmint

1562, in the meaning defined above

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“Spearmint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spearmint. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spearmint

: a plant that has a strong and pleasant flavor and smell and that is grown especially for its oil


spear·​mint | \ ˈspir-ˌmint How to pronounce spearmint (audio) \

Kids Definition of spearmint

: a common mint used for flavoring


spear·​mint | \ ˈspi(ə)r-ˌmint, -mənt How to pronounce spearmint (audio) \

Medical Definition of spearmint

: 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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