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1the aromatic leaves of a plant of the mint family, or an essential oil obtained from them, used as a flavoring in food. a candy flavored with peppermint oil. 2the cultivated Old World plant that yields peppermint leaves or oil.
- Mentha piperita, family Labiatae
3Australian any of a number of trees or shrubs with peppermint-scented foliage, in particular.
- a gum tree with leaves that yield an aromatic essential oil (genus Eucalyptus, family Myrtaceae). a myrtle grown as an ornamental tree or shrub (genus Agonis, family Myrtaceae).