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Mint, n. Etym: [AS. minte, fr. L. mentha, Gr. (Bot.)

Defn: The name of several aromatic labiate plants, mostly of the genus Mentha, yielding odoriferous essential oils by distillation. See Mentha.

Note: Corn mint is Mentha arvensis.

-- Horsemint is M. sylvestris, and in the United States Monarda

punctata, which differs from the true mints in several respects.

-- Mountain mint is any species of the related genus Pycnanthemum,

common in North America.

-- Peppermint is M. piperita.
-- Spearmint is M. viridis.
-- Water mint is M. aquatica. Mint camphor. (Chem.) See Menthol.
-- Mint julep. See Julep.
-- Mint sauce, a sauce flavored with spearmint, for meats.

mint Mint, n. Etym: [AS. mynet money, coin, fr. L. moneta the mint, coined money, fr. Moneta, a surname of Juno, in whose at Rome money was coined; akin to monere to warn, admonish, AS. manian, and to E. mind. See Mind, and cf. Money, Monition.]

1. A place where money is coined by public authority.

2. Hence: Any place regarded as a source of unlimited supply; the supply itself. A mint of phrases in his brain. Shak.

mint Mint, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Minted; p. pr. & vb. n. Minting.] Etym: [AS. mynetian.]

1. To make by stamping, as money; to coin; to make and stamp into money.

2. To invent; to forge; to fabricate; to fashion. Titles... of such natures as may be easily minted. Bacon. Minting mill, a coining press.

---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Mint - (Gr. heduosmon , i.e., "having a sweet smell"), one of the garden herbs of which the Pharisees paid tithes (Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42). It belongs to the labiate family of plants. The species most common in Syria is the Mentha sylvestris, the wild mint, which grows much larger than the garden mint (M. sativa). It was much used in domestic economy as a condiment, and also as a medicine. The paying of tithes of mint was in accordance with the Mosaic law (Deuteronomy 14:22), but the error of the Pharisees lay in their being more careful about this little matter of the mint than about weightier matters.


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