basil

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English[edit]

Ocimum basilicum

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French basile, from Medieval Latin basilicum, from Ancient Greek βασιλικόν (basilikon, royal), from βασιλεύς (basileus, king).

Noun[edit]

basil (usually uncountable, plural basils)

  1. A plant (Ocimum basilicum).
  2. The leaves of this plant used as a herb.
  3. Any other species in the genus Ocimum.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Variant of bezel?

Noun[edit]

basil (plural basils)

  1. The angle to which a joiner's tool is ground away.

Verb[edit]

basil (third-person singular simple present basils, present participle basilling, simple past and past participle basilled)

  1. (transitive) To grind the edge of a tool to an acute angle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Moxon to this entry?)
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Etymology 3[edit]

Corrupted from English basan, French basane, Late Latin basanium, from Arabic, properly "lining".

Noun[edit]

basil (plural basils)

  1. The skin of a sheep tanned with bark.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch bacil

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basil

  1. bacillus