Definition of pennyroyal in English:

pennyroyal

Syllabification: pen·ny·roy·al
Pronunciation: /ˈpenēˌroiəl
 
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noun

Either of two small-leaved plants of the mint family, used in herbal medicine.
  • A creeping Eurasian plant (Mentha pulegium), and American pennyroyal (Hedeoma pulegioides), family Labiatae
More example sentences
  • Mint, lemon balm, pennyroyal, chives, chamomile, mayflower, and summer savory are a few herbs perfectly suited to this microclimate.
  • This also is true of many herbal tablets, capsules and extracts, including black or blue cohosh, ephedra, dong quai, feverfew, juniper, pennyroyal, St. John's wort, rosemary and thuja.
  • Essential oils from allspice, basil, cedar, cinnamon, citronella, garlic, geranium, lavender, pennyroyal, peppermint, pine, rosemary, and thyme have been reported to have repellent properties.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Anglo-Norman French puliol (based on Latin pulegium 'thyme') + real 'royal'.

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