Oswego tea


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Oswego tea

n.
An aromatic perennial plant (Monarda didyma) native to eastern North America, having tubular scarlet flowers grouped in dense heads.

[So called because its leaves and flowers are used to make tea.]

Os•we′go tea′

(ɒsˈwi goʊ)
n.
a North American plant, Monarda didyma, of the mint family, having red tubular flowers.
[1745–55, Amer.; after the Oswego River in New York state]
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Noun1.Oswego tea - perennial aromatic herb of eastern North America having variously colored tubular flowers in dense showy headsoswego tea - perennial aromatic herb of eastern North America having variously colored tubular flowers in dense showy heads
monarda, wild bergamot - any of various aromatic herbs of the genus Monarda
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They probably also have dropsy plant (lemon balm), mountain mint (oregano), bread and cheese (sorrel) and maybe oswego tea (bergamot).
Bee balm Monarda didyma, is also known as bergamot, Oswego tea, and horsemint.
He also gave each a gift of Oswego tea and a sachet of hops.