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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).



rosemary (usually uncountable, plural rosemaries)

  1. 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.[1], 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.


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