Pep"per*mint (?), n. [Pepper + mint.]
An aromatic and pungent plant of the genus Mentha (M. piperita), much used in medicine and confectionery.
A volatile oil (oil of peppermint) distilled from the fresh herb; also, a well-known essence or spirit (essence of peppermint) obtained from it.
A lozenge of sugar flavored with peppermint.
Peppermint camphor. Chem. Same as Menthol. -- Peppermint tree Bot., a name given to several Australian species of gum tree (Eucalyptus amygdalina, E. piperita, E. odorata, etc.) which have hard and durable wood, and yield an essential oil.
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