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 maiorana, q.v.

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Noun[edit]

marjoram (countable and uncountable, plural marjorams)

  1. A herb of the mint family, Origanum majorana, having aromatic leaves.
    • 1592-1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet XCIX
      The lily I condemned for thy hand, / And buds of marjoram had stol'n thy hair
  2. The leaves of this plant used in flavouring food.

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  • An etymological dictionary of the Latin language, 1828