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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