Definition of dittany in English:

dittany

Line breaks: dit|tany
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪtəni
 
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noun

[mass noun] (plural dittanies)
Any of a number of aromatic herbaceous or shrubby plants:
More example sentences
  • Below them grow low-growing shrubs and ground covers, such as azaleas, dittany of Crete, ferns, and junipers.
  • Several of these - sage, rosemary, thyme, horsebalm and mountain dittany - are rich in thymol and carvacrol, compounds that help muscles relax.
  • Another interesting plant was Cunda origanoides (dittany), seen by many of the participants, including the trip leader, for the first time.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French ditain or medieval Latin ditaneum, from Latin dictamnus, dictamnum, from Greek diktamnon, perhaps from Diktē, the name of a mountain in Crete.

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