- 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 Diktē, 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.