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Thymus camphoratus


From Old French thym, from Latin thymum, from Ancient Greek θύμον (thúmon).



thyme (plural thymes)

  1. Any plant of the labiate genus Thymus, such as the garden thyme, Thymus vulgaris, a warm, pungent aromatic, that is much used to give a relish to seasoning and soups.
  2. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (poetic, Ireland, UK, dated) A metaphor for virginity, chastity.
    • 17th century, A Bunch of Thyme (traditional song):
      Come all ye maidens young and fair
      And you that are blooming in your prime
      Always beware and keep your garden fair
      Let no man steal away your thyme
    • 1792, Kellyburn Braes (Robert Burns Poem):
      I've got a bad wife, sir, that's a' my complaint,
      Hey, and the rue grows bonie wi' thyme;
      "For, savin your presence, to her ye're a saint,"
      And the thyme it is wither'd, and rue is in prime.
    • 19th century, A Sprig of Thyme (traditional):
      Wunst I had a sprig of thyme,
      it prospered by night and by day
      ill a false young man came acourtin' te me,
      and he stole all this thyme away.

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  1. vocative singular of thymus