AskDefine | Define dittany

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dittany n : Eurasian perennial herb with white flowers that emit flammable vapor in hot weather [syn: fraxinella, burning bush, gas plant, Dictamnus alba]

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From ditan (French dictame), from dictamnum, from , reportedly from ‘Dicte’, a mountain in Crete on whose slopes the plant grew.




  1. A labiate plant, Origanum dictamnus, formerly renowned for its medicinal properties; dittany of Crete.


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Dittany can refer to two different plants with similar medical properties:
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