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Any of various plants in the genus Monarda of the mint family, especially Oswego tea.
[Probably so called because the flowers produce abundant nectar and are attractive to bumblebees.]
1. Oswego tea.
2. a plant, Melissa officinalis, having clusters of white, scented flowers that attract bees.
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|Noun||1.||bee balm - perennial herb of North America|
|2.||bee balm - perennial aromatic herb of eastern North America having variously colored tubular flowers in dense showy heads|
|3.||bee balm - bushy perennial Old World mint having small white or yellowish flowers and fragrant lemon-flavored leaves; a garden escapee in northern Europe and North America|
lemon balm - lemony leaves used for a tisane or in soups or fruit punches
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests