Definition of dittany
- 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). (also American dittany) an American herb used in cooking and herbal medicine (genus Cunila, family Labiatae). another term for gas plant
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