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Menthol vs. Peppermint

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Main Difference

The main difference between Menthol and Peppermint is that the Menthol is a chemical compound and Peppermint is a species of plant (peppermint).

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  • Menthol (noun)

    a cyclic monoterpene alcohol; the major component of the essential oil of peppermint; used in pharmaceutical preparations as an antitussive and antipruritic agent, as a nasal decongestant, and in menthol cigarettes

  • Menthol (noun)

    A menthol cigarette.

  • Peppermint (noun)

    A hybrid herb of the mint family (ver=180311), 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.

  • Peppermint (noun)

    A confection containing extract of peppermint.

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Menthol (noun)

    A white, crystalline, aromatic substance (C10H20O) resembling camphor, extracted from oil of peppermint (Mentha); - called also mint camphor or peppermint camphor. It has the peculiar effect on skin and membranes of making them feel cool, and is used in liqueurs, confections, cigarettes, cough drops and perfumes, among other things.

  • Peppermint (noun)

    An aromatic and pungent plant of the genus Mentha (Mentha piperita), much used in medicine and confectionery.

  • Peppermint (noun)

    A volatile oil (oil of peppermint) distilled from the fresh herb; also, a well-known essence or spirit (essence of peppermint) obtained from it.

  • Peppermint (noun)

    A lozenge of sugar flavored with peppermint.

Webster Dictionary
  • Menthol (noun)

    a lotion containing menthol which gives it a mint flavoring

  • Peppermint (noun)

    herb with downy leaves and small purple or white flowers that yields a pungent oil used as a flavoring

  • Peppermint (noun)

    red gum tree of Tasmania

  • Peppermint (noun)

    a candy flavored with peppermint oil

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