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pennyroyal (n.)

perennial herb of the mint family, formerly cultivated for medicinal purposes, 1520s, alteration by folk etymology of Anglo-French puliol real; for second element see royal; the first element ultimately is from Latin puleium "thyme," a word of unknown origin. Later also applied to an American plant.

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Definitions of pennyroyal

pennyroyal (n.)
Eurasian perennial mint have small lilac-blue flowers and ovate leaves; yields an aromatic oil;
Synonyms: Mentha pulegium
pennyroyal (n.)
erect hairy branching American herb having purple-blue flowers; yields an essential oil used as an insect repellent and sometimes in folk medicine;
Synonyms: American pennyroyal / Hedeoma pulegioides
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