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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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Things Remembered has rolled out the new Melissa & Doug line in stores and online across the nation.
Melissa left the hairdressers and headed off that evening on a four-day school trip to Paris.
Friend of around seven years, Alison Abbott, of Hartlepool, has organised a charity night to raise funds to help send Melissa on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Disney World in Florida with her husband Carl and their eight-yearold son Evan.
Melissa went out of her way to care for others" Pupils have discussed raising cash in order to buy a memorial bench at the school in Melissa's honour.
Melissa Evans assisted the Hampden home buyer during a difficult home inspection, and brought all parties to the settlement table for a successful real estate closing.
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.
Melissa and co-accused Michaella Connolly, 20, from Dungannon, Northern Ireland, were jailed in September for trying to smuggle PS1.
For Melissa, the best part of farm work is helping out with the family's roadside stand.
Melissa didn't want to tell her mother about the experiment, so she just slipped the banana into her lunch box and hurried to the bus stop.
The 17-month-old was born despite mum Melissa Wright undergoing a gruelling cancer battle that doctors warned would leave her infertile.
Melissa, 17, said: "I would like to apologise for any offence caused.