lovage

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From Middle English loveache, a folk-etymological alteration, after love and ache (parsley), of Anglo-Norman luvasche and Old French luvache, loveche et al., and Middle French levesche, from Latin levisticum, probably alteration of Latin ligusticum, substantivization of the neuter of Ligusticus (Ligurian), ultimately from Ancient Greek Λιγυστικός (Ligustikós, Ligurian), from Λίγυς (Lígus, Ligurian). This replaced the Old English name lufestiċe (literally love-stitch), which was derived from levisticum and also altered by folk-etymology.[1]

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lovage (countable and uncountable, plural lovages)

  1. A perennial Mediterranean herb, Levisticum officinale, with odor and flavor resembling celery.

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  1. ^ lovage”, in OED Online, Oxford: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.

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