noun Etymology: probably alteration of Anglo-French puliol real, from puliol pennyroyal (ultimately from Latin puleium) + real royal Date: 1530 1. a European perennial mint (Mentha pulegium) with small aromatic leaves 2. an aromatic North American mint (Hedeoma pulegioides) that has blue or violet flowers borne in axillary tufts and yields an oil used in folk medicine or to drive away mosquitoes

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  • Pennyroyal — Pen ny*roy al, n. [A corruption of OE. puliall royal. OE. puliall is ultimately derived fr. L. puleium, or pulegium regium (so called as being good against fleas), fr. pulex a flea; and royal is a translation of L. regium, in puleium regium.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pennyroyal — herb, 1520s, alteration by folk etymology of Anglo Fr. puliol real; for second element see ROYAL (Cf. royal); first element ultimately from L. puleglum thyme …   Etymology dictionary

  • pennyroyal — [pen′ē roi΄əl, pen΄ē roi′əl] n. [altered < earlier pulyol ryal < Anglo Fr puliol real < OFr poliol, pouliol (< L puleium: infl. by assoc. with pulegium, fleabane < ?) + real,ROYAL] 1. a strongly scented, perennial European mint… …   English World dictionary

  • Pennyroyal — Pennyrile redirects here. For the Kentucky region, see Pennyroyal Plateau. For the Kentucky highway, see Pennyrile Parkway. Pennyroyal Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • pennyroyal — /pɛniˈrɔɪəl/ (say penee royuhl) noun any of several herbaceous plants, as the Eurasian pennyroyal, Mentha pulegium, or the American mock pennyroyal, Hedeoma pulegioides, used medicinally and yielding a pungent aromatic oil. {penny (? alteration… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Pennyroyal — Menthe pouliot Menthe pouliot …   Wikipédia en Français

  • pennyroyal — /pen ee roy euhl/, n. 1. an aromatic Old World plant, Mentha pulegium, of the mint family, having clusters of small purple flowers and yielding a pungent essential oil used medicinally and as an insect repellent. 2. Also called mock pennyroyal. a …   Universalium

  • pennyroyal — taškuotoji mėta statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Notrelinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Mentha pulegium), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje ir pietų Europoje. Iš jo gaunamas eterinis aliejus. atitikmenys: lot. Mentha pulegium; Pulegium… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • pennyroyal — A name in folk medicine given to Mentha pulegium (an aromatic p.), or to Hedeoma pulegeoides (American p.) (family Labiatae); an aromatic stimulant formerly used as an emmenagogue. * * * pen·ny·roy·al .pen ē rȯi( ə)l, pen i .rīl n any of several …   Medical dictionary

  • pennyroyal — noun A plant of the mint family. The oil is used as a natural flea repellent for pets …   Wiktionary

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