Peppermint vs Catnip - What's the difference?

peppermint | catnip |


As nouns the difference between peppermint and catnip

is that peppermint is a hybrid herb of the mint family formed by crossing watermint and spearmint, which has a high menthol content and a sharp flavor and is used in cooking, especially in herb teas and in confections while catnip is (botany) any of the about 250 species of flowering plant of the genus nepeta , family lamiaceae, certain of which are said to have medicinal qualities.

peppermint

Noun

(en noun)
  • A hybrid herb of the mint family formed by crossing watermint and spearmint, which has a high menthol content and a sharp flavor and is used in cooking, especially in herb teas and in confections.
  • A confection containing extract of peppermint.
  • Derived terms

    * peppermint stick

    catnip

    English

    (wikipedia catnip) (Nepeta)

    Noun

  • (botany) Any of the about 250 species of flowering plant of the genus Nepeta , family Lamiaceae, certain of which are said to have medicinal qualities.
  • (and perhaps other species), which are well-known for causing an apparently harmless pheromone-based intoxication among certain cats.
  • Some cats go bonkers over catnip ; others ignore it.

    Synonyms

    * catmint