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peppermint Syllabification: pep·per·mint
Pronunciation: /ˈpepərˌmint/

Definition of peppermint in English:


1The aromatic leaves of a plant of the mint family, or an essential oil obtained from them, used as a flavoring in food.
Example sentences
  • Moroccan mint tea is a brisk blend of gunpowder green tea and peppermint leaves, while Earl Grey, a famous British tea, is made up of black tea leaves flavored with bergamot orange oil.
  • And if your gut does start complaining, placate it with a cup of soothing mint or ginger tea or a capsule of peppermint oil.
  • With ingredients like peppermint and jojoba essential oil, milk protein, and Shea butter, it is also good for your hair.
1.1A candy flavored with peppermint oil.
Example sentences
  • As you can see, these are all real glass ornaments, but they are cupcakes and peppermints and candy canes.
  • Or how he tastes like peppermints and sweet vodka at six-thirty on a Saturday morning.
  • The truck driver tells her the peppermints are nickel candy.
2The cultivated Old World plant that yields peppermint leaves or oil.
  • Mentha piperita, family Labiatae
Example sentences
  • Aroma advocates claim that rosemary, peppermint, basil and jasmine scents, alone or in combination, may improve your mental alertness.
  • More seasonal and colourful plants such as cherry, Chinese flowering crabapple and pomegranate as well as some fragrant plants such as peppermint, thyme and rosemary dot the park.
  • Suitable repellent oils are lavender, citronella, peppermint, lemongrass, cinnamon, thyme and basil.
3Australian Any of a number of trees or shrubs with peppermint-scented foliage, in particular.
Example sentences
  • Then mixed species appear of soft intoxicating peppermints, blackwoods, sassafras and blue gum.
  • The smells of the peppermint groves, the sea and the sand dunes are almost palpable.



Example sentences
  • These are deposited by the bugs before they settle down to digest their meals, and have a sweet odour described as ‘pepperminty’ or ‘musty’.
  • They also have a strong pepperminty smell when you crush the leaves!
  • Do you detect an odour that is either pepperminty or musty?

Words that rhyme with peppermint

enprint • screen print

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