dittany definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English ditane ; from Old French ditan ; from Classical Latin dictamnum ; from Classical Greek diktamnon, uncertain or unknown; perhaps after Diktē, Mount Dicte, in Crete, where it grew
dittany definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. dit·ta·nies
- An aromatic woolly plant (Origanum dictamnus) native to Crete, formerly believed to have magical powers.
- See stone mint.
- See gas plant.
Origin: Middle English ditaine, from Old French ditan, from Latin dictamnus, from Greek diktamnon, perhaps after Mount Diktē (Dhíkti), a peak in eastern Crete.