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.
Terms within: Lemon Balm
Generic synonyms: Herb, Herbaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Melissa, Melissa
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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. ..."