Definition of dittany in English:



mass noun
  • Any of a number of aromatic herbaceous or shrubby plants.

    (also 'dittany of Crete') a dwarf shrub with white woolly leaves and pink flowers, native to Crete and Greece (Origanum dictamnus, family Labiatae). and (also 'American dittany') an American herb used in cooking and herbal medicine (genus Cunila, family Labiatae). and another term for and gas plant

    • ‘Below them grow low-growing shrubs and ground covers, such as azaleas, dittany of Crete, ferns, and junipers.’
    • ‘Several of these - sage, rosemary, thyme, horsebalm and mountain dittany - are rich in thymol and carvacrol, compounds that help muscles relax.’
    • ‘Another interesting plant was Cunda origanoides (dittany), seen by many of the participants, including the trip leader, for the first time.’
    • ‘It was believed that the juice of the dittany would drive away venomous beasts.’


Late Middle English from Old French ditain or medieval Latin ditaneum, from Latin dictamnus, dictamnum, from Greek diktamnon, perhaps from Diktē, the name of a mountain in Crete.