catnip definition

  • noun:
    • A hairy aromatic perennial herb (Nepeta cataria) inside mint family members, native to Eurasia and containing an aromatic oil to which cats tend to be highly drawn.
    • any one of several other mainly aromatic plants of this genus Nepeta, cultivated with their ornamental vegetation and groups of blue, lavender, or white blossoms.
    • Any of the about 250 species of flowering plant of this genus Nepeta, household Lamiaceae, specific of which tend to be said to have medicinal qualities.
    • Nepeta cataria and Nepeta grandiflora (as well as perhaps various other types), that are fabled for causing an apparently safe pheromone-based intoxication among certain kitties.
    • A well-know plant of this genus Nepeta (Nepeta Cataria), notably like mint, having a string scent, and quite often found in medicine. It is so-called because cats have a peculiar fondness for it.
    • just like catmint.
    • hairy fragrant perennial herb having whorls of tiny white purple-spotted blossoms in a terminal spike; utilized in yesteryear as a domestic cure; highly popular with kitties

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