Oswego-tea definition

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An aromatic perennial plant (Monarda didyma) native to eastern North America, having tubular scarlet flowers grouped in dense heads.
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A North American mint (Monarda didyma) with dense terminal heads of brilliant-red flowers.
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The tea brewed from its leaves.
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An American aromatic herb (Monarda didyma) with bright red labiate flowers.
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Noun

Singular:
oswego-tea
Plural:
oswego-teas

Origin of oswego-tea

  • So called because its leaves and flowers are used to make tea

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Oswego (from an Iroquoian language) + tea.

    From Wiktionary