Definition of Melissa officinalis

1. Noun. Bushy perennial Old World mint having small white or yellowish flowers and fragrant lemon-flavored leaves; a garden escapee in northern Europe and North America.

Exact synonyms: Bee Balm, Beebalm, Garden Balm, Lemon Balm, Sweet Balm
Terms within: Lemon Balm
Generic synonyms: Herb, Herbaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Melissa, Melissa



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Melissa Officinalis

Melia azederach
Meliaceae
Melicocca
Melicocca bijuga
Melicocca bijugatus
Melicoccus
Melicytus
Melilotus alba
Melilotus officinalis
Melina Mercouri
Melinae
Melinda
Meliphagidae
Melisha
Melissa
Melissa officinalis (current term)
Melitene
Melkite
Melkonian
Melkonyan
Mellaril
Mellissa
Mellivora
Mellivora capensis
Mellon
Melnick-Needles syndrome
Melocactus
Melodie
Melody
Melogale

Literary usage of Melissa officinalis

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1. Memoirs of the Torrey Botanical Club by Torrey Botanical Club (1902)
"... evidently intends to describe Melissa officinalis, but adds that it is efficacious against the bite of a dog, against tumors and ulcers. ..."

2. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States: Canada and the British by Nathaniel Lord Britton, Addison Brown (1898)
"About 4 species, natives of Europe and western Asia. 1. Melissa officinalis L. Garden or Lemon Balm. Bee-balm. (Fig. 3144.) Melissa officinalis i,. Sp. PI. ..."

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