Origin of catnipcat + nip, dialect, dialectal for nep, catnip from Classical Latin nepeta
an herb (Nepeta cataria) of the mint family, with downy leaves and spikes of white or bluish flowers that are used in flavorings and tea: it has somewhat intoxicating effects on some cats
- A hairy aromatic perennial herb (Nepeta cataria) in the mint family, native to Eurasia and containing an aromatic oil to which cats are strongly attracted.
- Any of various other mostly aromatic plants of the genus Nepeta, cultivated for their ornamental foliage and clusters of blue, lavender, or white flowers.
Origin of catnipcat nip catnip ( variant of nep ) ( from Middle English nept, nep ) ( from Old English nepte ) ( from Latin nepeta aromatic herb ) ( perhaps of Etruscan origin )
(countable and uncountable, plural catnips)
- (botany) Any of the about 250 species of flowering plant of the genus Nepeta, family Lamiaceae, certain of which are said to have medicinal qualities.
- Nepeta cataria and Nepeta grandiflora (perhaps other species), which are well-known for causing an apparently harmless pheromone-based intoxication among certain cats.
- Some cats go bonkers over catnip; others ignore it.
- Mint Mania: This recipe for minty tea comes from the National Gardening Association: Mix three tablespoons dried peppermint, one tablespoon dried catnip, one tablespoon rose petals, and one tablespoon lemon verbena; brew and drink.
- Pests will often avoid strong smells, and some of the best organic pesticides use plant sprays containing garlic, catnip or other stinky plants to create an unwelcoming environment for bugs.
- Now rub it with some catnip to make it twice as inviting, then spray your furniture with citrus spray to make it smell repellant to your feline.
- Organic controls include planting vegetables and flowers that naturally repel the pests, such as calendula, catnip, broccoli and radish.
- The Cat Claws Scratching Pad is a unique texture in your home and is loaded with organic catnip to attract your cat's attention.