from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A white crystalline organic compound, CH3C6H9(C3H7)OH, obtained from peppermint oil or synthesized. It is used in perfumes, in cigarettes, as a mild topical anesthetic, and as a mint flavoring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a cyclic monoterpene alcohol; the major component of the essential oil of peppermint; used in pharmaceutical preparations as an antitussive and antipruritic agent, as a nasal decongestant, and in menthol cigarettes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A white, crystalline, aromatic substance (C10H20O) resembling camphor, extracted from oil of peppermint (Mentha); -- called also mint camphor or peppermint camphor. It has the peculiar effect on skin and membranes of making them feel cool, and is used in liqueurs, confections, cigarettes, cough drops and perfumes, among other things.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In chem., a solid crystalline body (C10H20O1) which separates from oil of peppermint on standing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a crystalline compound that has the cool and minty taste and odor that occurs naturally in peppermint oil; used as a flavoring and in medicine to relieve itching, pain, and nasal congestion
  • n. a lotion containing menthol which gives it the smell of mint


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

German, from Latin menta, mentha, mint; see mint2.


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