thyme (plural thymes)
- 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.
- In older Irish and British poems and songs, the plant was sometimes seen as a metaphor for virginity and 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.
plant of the genus Thymus
- thyme on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Thymus (Lamiaceae) on Wikispecies.Wikispecies
- Thymus (Lamiaceae) on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons