A name in folk medicine given to Mentha pulegium (an aromatic p.), or to Hedeoma pulegeoides (American p.) (family Labiatae); an aromatic stimulant formerly used as an emmenagogue.

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pen·ny·roy·al .pen-ē-'rȯi(-ə)l, 'pen-i-.rīl n any of several mints esp an aromatic American mint (Hedeoma pulegioides) that yields pennyroyal oil

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pen·ny·ro·yal (pen″e-roiґəl) any of various mint plants, especially Mentha pulegium, whose oil was formerly used as a diaphoretic, aromatic, and emmenagogue; use of the leaves or oil as an abortifacient has caused death.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Pennyroyal — Pen ny*roy al, n. [A corruption of OE. puliall royal. OE. puliall is ultimately derived fr. L. puleium, or pulegium regium (so called as being good against fleas), fr. pulex a flea; and royal is a translation of L. regium, in puleium regium.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pennyroyal — herb, 1520s, alteration by folk etymology of Anglo Fr. puliol real; for second element see ROYAL (Cf. royal); first element ultimately from L. puleglum thyme …   Etymology dictionary

  • pennyroyal — [pen′ē roi΄əl, pen΄ē roi′əl] n. [altered < earlier pulyol ryal < Anglo Fr puliol real < OFr poliol, pouliol (< L puleium: infl. by assoc. with pulegium, fleabane < ?) + real,ROYAL] 1. a strongly scented, perennial European mint… …   English World dictionary

  • Pennyroyal — Pennyrile redirects here. For the Kentucky region, see Pennyroyal Plateau. For the Kentucky highway, see Pennyrile Parkway. Pennyroyal Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • pennyroyal — /pɛniˈrɔɪəl/ (say penee royuhl) noun any of several herbaceous plants, as the Eurasian pennyroyal, Mentha pulegium, or the American mock pennyroyal, Hedeoma pulegioides, used medicinally and yielding a pungent aromatic oil. {penny (? alteration… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Pennyroyal — Menthe pouliot Menthe pouliot …   Wikipédia en Français

  • pennyroyal — /pen ee roy euhl/, n. 1. an aromatic Old World plant, Mentha pulegium, of the mint family, having clusters of small purple flowers and yielding a pungent essential oil used medicinally and as an insect repellent. 2. Also called mock pennyroyal. a …   Universalium

  • pennyroyal — taškuotoji mėta statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Notrelinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Mentha pulegium), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje ir pietų Europoje. Iš jo gaunamas eterinis aliejus. atitikmenys: lot. Mentha pulegium; Pulegium… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • pennyroyal — noun Etymology: probably alteration of Anglo French puliol real, from puliol pennyroyal (ultimately from Latin puleium) + real royal Date: 1530 1. a European perennial mint (Mentha pulegium) with small aromatic leaves 2. an aromatic North… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pennyroyal — noun A plant of the mint family. The oil is used as a natural flea repellent for pets …   Wiktionary

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