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bee balm

n.
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.]

bee′ balm`


n.
2. a plant, Melissa officinalis, having clusters of white, scented flowers that attract bees.
[1840–50, Amer.]
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Noun1.bee balm - perennial herb of North Americabee balm - perennial herb of North America  
monarda, wild bergamot - any of various aromatic herbs of the genus Monarda
2.bee balm - perennial aromatic herb of eastern North America having variously colored tubular flowers in dense showy headsbee balm - 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
3.bee balm - bushy perennial Old World mint having small white or yellowish flowers and fragrant lemon-flavored leavesbee 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
genus Melissa, Melissa - a genus of Old World mints of the family Labiatae
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