Definition of basil in English:

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basil

Pronunciation: /ˈbaz(ə)l/

noun

[mass noun]
1An aromatic plant of the mint family, native to tropical Asia. The leaves are used as a culinary herb, especially in Mediterranean dishes: garnish the baked pizza with fresh basil [as modifier]: basil sauce
  • Genus Ocimum, family Labiatae: several species, in particular the annual sweet basil (O. basilicum).
More example sentences
  • Choose five of the following fresh herbs: flat-leaf parsley, chives, mint, chervil, basil, dill, tarragon.
  • Remove from the heat, add the parsley, thyme, basil, tarragon, chervil, and chives and stir to combine.
  • I am now the proud owner of all the fresh basil, bay leaves, thyme, sage and parsley a girl could want.
2 (also wild basil) A European plant which grows in hedges and scrub.
  • Clinopodium vulgare, family Labiatae.
Example sentences
  • These last featured a plastic pipette at the end of the skewer that was filled with a wild basil pesto dressing to suck when you'd finished the prawns.
  • Wild flowers present include wild basil (Clinopodium vulgare), agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), hedge bedstraw (Galium mollugo) and wild teasel (Dipsacus fullonum).
  • Wild flowers present include wild basil (Clinopodium vulgare), agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), hedge bedstraw (Galium mollugo) and wild teasel (Dipsacus fullonum).

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French basile, via medieval Latin from Greek basilikon, neuter of basilikos 'royal' (see basilica).

Words that rhyme with basil

bedazzle, dazzle, frazzle, razzle

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