marjoram

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English[edit]

The marjoram plant.
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Etymology[edit]

From Old French majorane (compare French marjolaine, Italian maggiorana, Portuguese manjerona, Spanish mejorana), from Medieval Latin majorana, from Latin amaracus, from Ancient Greek ἀμάρακος ‎(amárakos). Compare Sanskrit मरुव ‎(maruva, marjoram), with influence from Latin major ‎(greater).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

marjoram ‎(plural marjorams)

  1. A herb of the mint family, Origanum majorana, having aromatic leaves.
  2. The leaves of this plant used in flavouring food.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1592-1609: The lily I condemned for thy hand, / And buds of marjoram had stol'n thy hair — William Shakespeare, Sonnet XCIX

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References[edit]

  • An etymological dictionary of the Latin language, 1828