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Definition of "peppermint" [pep•per•mint]

  • A plant, Mentha piperita, having small purple or white flowers and downy leaves that yield a pungent oil. (noun)
  • The oil from this plant or a preparation made from it, used as a flavoring. (noun)
  • A candy or lozenge flavored with this oil. (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 "peppermint" in a sentence
  • "• Were we a bit rough on the health minister Simon Burns yesterday, as we tried to wrest from him the circumstance in which he referred to peppermint tea as "lesbian tea"?"
  • "There are about 25 different species of mints and peppermint is actually a natural hybrid cross between Mentha aquatica (water mint) and Mentha spicata (spearmint)."
  • "It also adds some extra sweetness to the mocha, and most candy canes have a better flavor than simply adding in peppermint extract."