thyme

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English[edit]

Thymus camphoratus

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From Ancient Greek θύμον (thúmon).

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thyme (plural thymes)

  1. Any plant of the labiate genus Thymus, such as the garden thyme, Thymus vulgaris, a warm, pungent aromatic, that is much used to give a relish to seasoning and soups.
  2. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (poetic, Ireland, UK, dated) A metaphor for virginity, chastity.
    • 17th century, A Bunch of Thyme (traditional song):
      Come all ye maidens young and fair
      And you that are blooming in your prime
      Always beware and keep your garden fair
      Let no man steal away your thyme
    • 19th century, A Sprig of Thyme (traditional):
      Wunst I had a sprig of thyme,
      it prospered by night and by day
      ill a false young man came acourtin' te me,
      and he stole all this thyme away.

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Noun[edit]

thyme

  1. vocative singular of thymus