Definition of thyme in English:

thyme

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Pronunciation: /tʌɪm
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A low-growing aromatic plant of the mint family. The small leaves are used as a culinary herb and the plant yields a medicinal oil.
    • Genus Thymus, family Labiatae: many species, in particular common (or garden) thyme (T. vulgaris)
    More example sentences
    • Add all the spices, parsley, thyme, bay leaf, shallots, garlic, vanilla pod and lemon slices.
    • Other powerful herbs include dill, garden thyme, rosemary and peppermint.
    • Home grown herbs would have included coriander, dill, thyme, opium poppy and summer savoury.

Derivatives

thymy

adjective
More example sentences
  • Peppered Parmesan ‘French fries’ were all peppery at the front of the tongue and thymy at the back.
  • The air is sweetened by the thymy odours of mountain and moor.
  • Above hung the thymy hill where dry grasses and bracken murmured or screamed in the wind.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French thym, via Latin from Greek thumon, from thuein 'burn, sacrifice'.

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