melissa

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See also: Melissa and Mélissa

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The lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), one type of melissa plant

From Late Latin melissa, from Ancient Greek μέλισσα (mélissa, bee), because the plant attracts bees.

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melissa (plural melissas)

  1. A plant of the genus Melissa, especially lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), often used medicinally.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], “Alternatiues, Hearbes, Other Creatures, &c.”, in The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, partition 2, section 4, member 1, subsection 3, page 300:
      Meliſſa, Bawme, hath an excellent vertue to alter Melancholy, bee it ſteeped in our ordinary drinke, extracted, or otherwise taken.

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melissa

  1. melissa (plant of the genus Melissa)

Declension[edit]

Inflection of melissa (Kotus type 9/kala, no gradation)
nominative melissa melissat
genitive melissan melissojen
partitive melissaa melissoja
illative melissaan melissoihin
singular plural
nominative melissa melissat
accusative nom. melissa melissat
gen. melissan
genitive melissan melissojen
melissainrare
partitive melissaa melissoja
inessive melissassa melissoissa
elative melissasta melissoista
illative melissaan melissoihin
adessive melissalla melissoilla
ablative melissalta melissoilta
allative melissalle melissoille
essive melissana melissoina
translative melissaksi melissoiksi
instructive melissoin
abessive melissatta melissoitta
comitative melissoineen
Possessive forms of melissa (type kala)
possessor singular plural
1st person melissani melissamme
2nd person melissasi melissanne
3rd person melissansa

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melissa f (plural melisse)

  1. lemon balm

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