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From Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀμάρακος (amárakos).


amaracus (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Marjoram.
    • 1842, Tennyson, "Oenone", in The Lady of Shallot and other poems
      Then to the bower they came, / Naked they came to that smooth-swarded bower, / And at their feet the crocus brake like fire, / Violet, amaracus, and asphodel, / Lotos and lilies: and a wind arose, / And overhead the wandering ivy and vine, / This way and that, in many a wild festoon / Ran riot, garlanding the gnarled boughs / With bunch and berry and flower thro' and thro'.

Further reading[edit]

  • amaracus” at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • amaracus in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911



Alternative forms[edit]


From Ancient Greek ἀμάρακος (amárakos); compare Sanskrit मरुव (maruva, marjoram).


amāracus m (genitive amāracī); second declension

  1. marjoram (Origanum majorana)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Identification with Origanum majorana is uncertain, but O. m. var tenuifolium, native to Cyprus fits Pliny's description especially well. Other species of Origanum, such as O. onites, are possible.


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative amāracus amāracī
genitive amāracī amāracōrum
dative amāracō amāracīs
accusative amāracum amāracōs
ablative amāracō amāracīs
vocative amārace amāracī

Derived terms[edit]


  • amaracus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • amaracus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • amaracus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • amaracus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers