From Middle English rosmary, rosemarye, alteration of earlier Middle English rosmarine, rosemaryn, partly from Old English rōsmarim (“rosemary”) and partly from Old French rosmarin; both from Latin rosmarīnus, from rōs (“dew, moisture”) + marīnus (“marine, of the sea”).
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- A shrub, Rosmarinus officinalis, that originates from Europe and Asia Minor and produces a fragrant herb used in cooking and perfumes.
1605, Shakespeare, William, THE Tragicall Hiſtorie of HAMLET, Prince of Denmarke. By William Shakeſpeare. Newly imprinted and enlarged to almoſt as much againe as it was, according to the true and perfect Coppie., 2nd Quarto, AT LONDON: Printed by I.R. for N.L. and are to be ſold at his ſhoppe vnder Saint Dunſtons Church in Fleetſtreet, Act IV, scene v:
- Oph. There's Roſemary, thats for remembrance, pray you loue remember, and there is Pancies, thats for thoughts.
- rosmarine (obsolete)
- bog rosemary
- marsh rosemary (genus Limonium or species Rhododendron tomentosum)
- rosemary pine (Pinus taeda)
- rosmarinic acid