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mint in Easton's Bible Dictionary

(Gr. heduosmon, i.e., "having a sweet smell"), one of the garden herbs of which the Pharisees paid tithes (Matt. 23:23; Luke 11:42). It belongs to the labiate family of plants. The species most common in Syria is the Mentha sylvestris, the wild mint, which grows much larger than the garden mint (M. sativa). It was much used in domestic economy as a condiment, and also as a medicine. The paying of tithes of mint was in accordance with the Mosiac law (Deut. 14:22), but the error of the Pharisees lay in their being more careful about this little matter of the mint than about weightier matters.

mint in Smith's Bible Dictionary

This name occurs only in #Mt 23:23| and Luke 11:42 as one of those herbs the tithe of which the Jews were most scrupulously exact in paying. The horse mint, M. Sylvestris, and several other species of mint are common in Syria.

mint in Schaff's Bible Dictionary

MINT , well known herbs akin to garden sage, several species of which are wild or cultivated in Palestine. Mint was commonly used by the ancients in medicine and as a condiment. It is said to have been one of the bitter herbs eaten with the paschal lamb. Deut 14:22 required that the Jews should pay tithe of all produce of the ground, but they were more careful about trifles than about the , weightier matters. Matt 23:23. Mint(mentha sylvestris)

mint in Fausset's Bible Dictionary

Greek mintha hedu osmon ("sweet-smelling herb"), of the order Labiatae. A carminative in medicine and a condiment in cookery. Tithed scrupulously by the Pharisees (Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42). Our use of mint wi