Compound of cat + Middle English nep, from Old English nepte, from Latin nepeta.
- IPA(key): /ˈkatnɪp/
catnip (countable and uncountable, plural catnips)
- Any of the about 250 species of flowering plant of the genus Nepeta, family Lamiaceae, certain of which are said to have medicinal qualities.
- Synonyms: catmint, catwort
- Nepeta cataria and Nepeta grandiflora (and perhaps other species), which are well-known for causing an apparently harmless pheromone-based intoxication among certain cats.