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Definition of "catnip" [cat•nip]

  • A hairy aromatic perennial herb (Nepeta cataria) in the mint family, native to Eurasia and containing an aromatic oil to which cats are strongly attracted. (noun)
  • Any of various other mostly aromatic plants of the genus Nepeta, cultivated for their ornamental foliage and clusters of blue, lavender, or white flowers. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "catnip" in a sentence
  • "August 24, 2009 at 3:28 pm i wanf sumfting wif kiwees’s incluudid in et :3 i wuv catnipz *snifz catnip* aaaahhhh my bewuved catnip."
  • "I guess catnip is kitty ganja. (or at least for some)."
  • "Then his wife, Aunt Jessica, blew in with a decoction she called catnip tea."