- a creeping, woolly herb (Origanum dictamnus) of the mint family, native to Crete
- gas plant
- a small perennial herb (Cunila origanoides) of the mint family, found in E U.S.
Origin of dittanyMiddle English ditane from Old French ditan from Classical Latin dictamnum from Classical Greek diktamnon, uncertain or unknown; perhaps after Dikt?, Mount Dicte, in Crete, where it grew
- An aromatic woolly plant (Origanum dictamnus) in the mint family, native to Crete and formerly believed to have magical powers.
- See stone mint.
- See gas plant.
Origin of dittanyMiddle English ditaine from Old French ditan from Latin dictamnus from Greek diktamnon perhaps after Mount Diktē (Dhíkti), a peak in eastern Crete
(countable and uncountable, plural dittanies)
- (botany) A labiate plant, Origanum dictamnus, formerly renowned for its medicinal properties; dittany of Crete.
From Old French ditan (French dictame), from Latin dictamnum, from Ancient Greek δίκταμνον (diktamnon), reportedly from Δικτή (Diktē, “Dicte”), a mountain in Crete on whose slopes the plant grew.