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1. An annual ornamental Asian plant (Perilla frutescens) in the mint family, having large green or purple-red leaves, small white flowers, and oil-yielding seeds. Also called beefsteak plant.
2. The aromatic leaves of this plant, used as a condiment and flavoring in East Asian cuisine. In both senses also called shiso.

[New Latin, genus name, of unknown origin.]


(Plants) any member of the Perilla genus of annual herbs native to East Asia and belonging to the mint family


(pəˈrɪl ə)

n., pl. -las.
any of several aromatic Asian plants belonging to the genus Perilla, of the mint family, esp. P. frutescens, from which perilla oil is obtained.
[1785–95; < New Latin (Linnaeus)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Perilla - small genus of Asiatic herbs
asterid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
family Labiatae, family Lamiaceae, Labiatae, Lamiaceae, mint family - a large family of aromatic herbs and shrubs having flowers resembling the lips of a mouth and four-lobed ovaries yielding four one-seeded nutlets and including mint; thyme; sage; rosemary
beefsteak plant, Perilla frutescens crispa - plant grown for its ornamental red or purple foliage
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