Definition of Pennyroyal

1. Noun. Eurasian perennial mint have small lilac-blue flowers and ovate leaves; yields an aromatic oil.

Exact synonyms: Mentha Pulegium
Generic synonyms: Mint
Terms within: Pennyroyal Oil

2. Noun. Erect hairy branching American herb having purple-blue flowers; yields an essential oil used as an insect repellent and sometimes in folk medicine.
Exact synonyms: American Pennyroyal, Hedeoma Pulegioides
Generic synonyms: Herb, Herbaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Hedeoma, Hedeoma
Terms within: Hedeoma Oil, Pennyroyal Oil

Definition of Pennyroyal

1. n. An aromatic herb (Mentha Pulegium) of Europe; also, a North American plant (Hedeoma pulegioides) resembling it in flavor.

Definition of Pennyroyal

1. Noun. A plant of the mint family, ''Mentha pulegium'', formerly much used in various medicinal treatments and as a flea repellant. ¹

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Medical Definition of Pennyroyal

1. An aromatic herb (Mentha Pulegium) of Europe; also, a North American plant (Hedeoma pulegioides) resembling it in flavor. Bastard pennyroyal See Blue curls, under Blue. Origin: A corruption of OE. Puliall royal. OE. Puliall is ultimately derived fr. L. Puleium, or pulegium regium (so called as being good against fleas), fr. Pulex a flea; and royal is a translation of L. Regium, in puleium regium. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pennyroyal

penny in the fusebox
penny pincher
penny pinchers
penny stock
penny stocks
penny whistle
penny whistles
penny wise and pound foolish
pennyroyal (current term)
pennyroyal oil

Literary usage of Pennyroyal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Manual of the Medical Botany of North America by Laurence Johnson (1884)
"Mountain-mint has a taste intermediate between that of pennyroyal and spearmint, ... pennyroyal is an aromatic stimulant, long used in flatulence, ..."

2. Legal Medicine by Charles Meymott Tidy (1884)
"A case is related where the mere odour of pennyroyal has caused abortion. (Coxe's " Medical Museum," VoL ii., p. 431.) (f. ..."

3. The Connecticut Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly by William Farrand Felch, George C. Atwell, H. Phelps Arms, Frances Trevelyan Miller (1895)
"THE pennyroyal HYMN. The operatic warbler may voice her culture rare With Wagner, Rubinstein and Bach, or any high- flown air, By the side of that old ..."

4. Pharmaceutical and Food Analysis: A Manual of Standard Methods for the by Azor Thurston (1922)
"Oil of pennyroyal is a pale yellow, limpid liquid, having a characteristic, pungent, mint-like odor and taste. Oil of turpentine appears to be the common ..."

5. The Natural History of Pliny by Pliny, John Bostock, Henry Thomas Riley (1856)
"Xenocrates, among the other remedies which he mentions, says that in tertian fevers, a sprig of pennyroyal, wrapped in wool, should be given to the patient ..."

6. The principles and practice of medical jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor (1873)
"The infusion, under the name of pennyroyal tea or pennyroyal water, is used as a popular ... pennyroyal infusion or tea lias no more effect than peppermint, ..."

7. A Practical Treatise on Animal and Vegetable Fats and Oils: Comprising Both by William Theodore Brannt, Karl Schaedler (1896)
"Russian pennyroyal oil is limpid, and docs not solidify even at 1.4° F. On exposure to the air ... The use of pennyroyal oil has considerably ..."

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