1. <botany> An aromatic and pungent plant of the genus Mentha (M. Piperita), much used in medicine and confectionery.

2. A volatile oil (oil of peppermint) distilled from the fresh herb; also, a well-known essence or spirit (essence of peppermint) obtained from it.

3. A lozenge of sugar flavoured with peppermint. Peppermint camphor.

<chemistry> Same as Menthol.

<botany> Peppermint tree, a name given to several Australian species of gum tree (Eucalyptus amygdalina, E. Piperita, E. Odorata, etc) which have hard and durable wood, and yield an essential oil.

Origin: Pepper + mint.

(01 Mar 1998)