The leaves and flowering tops of Mentha viridis (green garden or lamb mint) or M. cardiaca (family Labiatae); a carminative and flavoring agent.
- s. oil the volatile oil, distilled with steam from the fresh overground parts of the flowering plant of Mentha viridis or M. cardiaca, a flavoring agent.

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spear·mint 'spi(ə)r-.mint, -mənt n a common herb of the genus Mentha (M. spicata) cultivated for use as a flavoring agent and esp. for its aromatic oil

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spear·mint (spērґmint) any of various species of mint. Mentha spicata is common spearmint and M. cardiaca is Scotch spearmint. 3. the dried leaves and flowering tops of M. spicata or M. cardiaca, used as a flavoring agent and source of spearmint oil.

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