amaracus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀμάρακος (amárakos).

Noun[edit]

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

Latin[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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.

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

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

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References[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 Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • amaracus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers