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Any of several plants in the mint family, especially in the genera Calamintha and Clinopodium, having aromatic foliage and clusters of pink, lilac, or white flowers.

[Middle English calaminte, from Old French calamente, from Medieval Latin calamentum, from Latin calaminthē, from Greek kalaminthē.]
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(Plants) any aromatic Eurasian plant of the genus Satureja (or Calamintha), having clusters of purple or pink flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
[C14: from Old French calament (but influenced by English mint1), from Medieval Latin calamentum, from Greek kalaminthē]
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(ˈkæl ə mɪnt)

any of several aromatic plants of the genera Calamintha and Satureja, of the mint family, having drooping flower clusters.
[1225–75; alter. (by association with mint2) of Middle English calament < Medieval Latin calamentum, Latin calamintha < Greek kalamínthē]
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Noun1.calamint - perennial aromatic herbs growing in hedgerows or scrub or open woodlands from western Europe to central Asia and in North Americacalamint - perennial aromatic herbs growing in hedgerows or scrub or open woodlands from western Europe to central Asia and in North America
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Calamintha sylvatica, common calamint, Satureja calamintha officinalis - mint-scented perennial of central and southern Europe
Calamintha grandiflora, Clinopodium grandiflorum, large-flowered calamint, Satureja grandiflora - aromatic herb with large pink flowers; southern and southeastern Europe; Anatolia; northern Iran
Calamintha nepeta, Calamintha nepeta glantulosa, lesser calamint, Satureja calamintha glandulosa, Satureja nepeta, field balm - low-growing strongly aromatic perennial herb of southern Europe to Great Britain; naturalized in United States
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-- Nepitella, also known as lesser calamint, is an essential herb in Italian cooking but little known in the United States.
If you can provide good drainage, the lesser calamint (Calamintha nepeta) is a valuable, fine-textured, mint-scented perennial smothered in tiny pale lavender or white flowers from July until fall.
And rare wildflowers such as fen ragwort and wood calamint are clinging on in just a handful of verges, their last remaining habitat.
A new study released by the charity on Monday revealed how some very rare species, like fen ragwort and wood calamint, have their last remaining natural homes in Britain nestled in its road verges -- one of the UK's most important yet under-appreciated habitats.
Kyle Anderson, 20, of 15 Calamint Road North, Princeton, was sentenced to six concurrent terms of 4 to 5 years in Walpole state prison after pleading guilty to breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, two counts of larceny from a building, breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, receiving stolen property over $250, and intimidation of a witness.
Orange eye butterflybush Calamintha nepeta (L.) Savi Lesser Calamint Conoclinium coelestinum (L.) DC.
John's-wort 0.09 Family Laminaceae Mint Family 0.05 Clinopodium arkansanum Limestone Calamint 0.05 Family Gentianceae Gentian Family 0.05 Family Commelinaceae Spiderwort Family 0.02 Commelina erecta Whitemouth Dayflower 0.02 Unidentified or bare 11.47 TABLE 2.--Soil types of known Geomys bursarius ozarkensis locations in Izard County, Arkansas Soil type Boden gravelly sandy loam, 3 to 8% slopes Boden gravelly sandy loam, 8 to 20% slopes Estate-Portian-Moko association, rolling Estate-Portian-Moko association, steep Peridge silt loam, 3 to 8% slopes Portia sandy loam, 3 to 8% slopes, eroded Portia sandy loam, 8 to 12% slopes, eroded Sturkie silt loam, occassionally flooded Wideman fine sand, frequently flooded Wideman fine sandy loam, 0 to 3% slopes
The plants included roses (the most popular) gilliflower, carnations, marragon lily, crocus, violet, anemone, narcissus, daisy, oleander and herbs like thyme, bergamot, fennel, rosemary, lavender, sage, origanum, basil, sweet marjoram and calamint. Nicander of Colophon (2nd century BC) also contributed to plant knowledge (Olck 1910:788-803).
Other rare species associated with outcrops on or near the river are calamint (Satureja glabella--SE) and purple oat grass (Schizachne purpurascens--SE).
Beverley: 3.40 Silistra, 7.45 Birdwatching, 8.15 Fairly High, 9.15 Calamint.
Basil, calamint (Calamintha officinalis) - used to make a tea - rosemary, dill, fennel, marjoram, mint, purslane, sage, savory and thyme have all found their way into love potions.