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Any of various aromatic plants of the genus Monarda in the mint family, including horsemint, Oswego tea, and wild bergamot.

[New Latin Monarda, genus name, after Nicolas Monardes (1493-1588), Spanish botanist.]


(Plants) any mintlike North American plant of the genus Monarda: family Lamiaceae (labiates). See also horsemint2, bergamot4
[C19: from New Latin, named after N. Monardés (1493–1588), Spanish botanist]


(məˈnɑr də)

n., pl. -das.
any aromatic, erect plant belonging to the genus Monarda, of the mint family, native to North America, including horsemint and Oswego tea.
[1705–15; < New Latin, after N. Monardés (1493–1588), Spanish botanist; see -a2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monarda - any of various aromatic herbs of the genus Monardamonarda - any of various aromatic herbs of the genus Monarda
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Monarda - wild bergamot, horsemint, beebalm
bergamot mint, Monarda didyma, oswego tea, bee balm, beebalm - perennial aromatic herb of eastern North America having variously colored tubular flowers in dense showy heads
Monarda punctata, horsemint - tall erect perennial or annual having lanceolate leaves and heads of purple-spotted creamy flowers; many subspecies grown from eastern to southwestern United States and in Mexico
bee balm, beebalm, Monarda fistulosa - perennial herb of North America
horsemint, lemon mint, Monarda citriodora - an annual horsemint of central and western United States and northern Mexico
Monarda pectinata, plains lemon monarda - annual of southern United States
basil balm, Monarda clinopodia - perennial herb of North America (New York to Illinois and mountains of Alaska) having aromatic leaves and clusters of yellowish-pink balls
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