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name for several herbs, especially Melissa officinalis and Monarda didyma, both typical perennials of the family Labiatae (mint family) named for their fragrance, attractive to bees and hummingbirds. Melissa [Gr.
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a genus of perennial grasses of the family Labiatae. The small flowers have a two-lipped calyx and grow primarily in verticillate inflorescences located in the axils of the upper leaves. The fruit consists of four nutlike lobes. There are five species, growing in Eurasia. Of the two species found in the USSR, the lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) has economic importance. It is strongly branched and measures 45-125 cm in height; its flowers are pale yellow, white, or pink. The lemon balm grows in the Crimea, the Caucasus, and Middle Asia, in forests, thickets, and weed patches and along forest edges. It is cultivated (in the USSR, primarily in the Ukraine) because it yields essential oils, nectar, and spice. Melissa frequently grows wild. The leaves and tips of the stems contain a lemon-scented essential oil, consisting of citral, myrcene, and geraniol. The oil is used as a flavoring and in the production of perfume, liqueur and vodka, and pharmaceuticals.


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Since her win, Melissa - who wants to promote transgender issues with Caitlyn Jenner - has splashed out on an engagement ring for fiancee Rachel Nason, 37.
Wtr When they discovered Melissa was pregnant, they were hopeful that, in time, they could reunite all the siblings.
Sadly Melissa, 34, who recently moved from Billingham to Hartlepool to be nearer her mum, passed away earlier this week.
Melissa left the hairdressers and headed off that evening on a four-day school trip to Paris.
Guests were encouraged to have their photos taken with the giant postcards as backdrop and upload them on Instagram for a chance to win prizes courtesy of Melissa.
Melissa Rivers added: "Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world.
He added: "I don't want anyone else to get embroiled in what Melissa did - the implications are too huge.
Melissa said: "It came as quite a shock that we both won.
Melissa and Michaella have admitted drug trafficking and are awaiting sentence at the Virgen de Fatima jail in Peru.
The Finish at the 50 (Harvard Pilgrim race) was the first opportunity we found that had distances that were tailored to the ages of our children," Melissa said.
Melissa immediately rushed off stage to the dressing room and returned wearing another yellow dress.