[AS., from L. mentha.] The name of a strongly-smelling plant, with flowers in whorls. Numerous species are known, widely distributed over the world, but the most important are spearmint and peppermint. Spearmint is the common mint found in gardens, and is largely used in making mint-sauce and for flavoring soups. The oil of mint is distilled from the leaves, and from the oil are made the essence of mint and mint-water. Peppermint is cultivated chiefly for the oil which it yields, so much used for flavoring confectionery and for making cordials and essences. Essence of peppermint is made by mixing the oil with alcohol, and is used in medicine.