Definition of holy basil in English:

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holy basil

Entry from US English dictionary


A kind of basil that is venerated by Hindus as a sacred plant. Also called tulsi.
  • Ocimum sanctum, family Labiatae.
Example sentences
  • According to her, basil - holy basil or tulsi as its known in Northern India - could cure anything.
  • Choose herbs based on your skin type: lavender flowers and rose petal powder, for example, work well for dry or normal skin, and Neem powder, citrus peel powder and holy basil powder for oily skin.
  • From sandalwood incense to enhance the benefits of meditation to water infused with holy basil for purifying the environment, aromas have been a pleasant way to infuse the human psycho-physiology with the healing wisdom of plants.

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Syllabification: ho·ly bas·il

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