Definition of basil in English:

basil

Syllabification: bas·il
Pronunciation: /ˈbāzəl, ˈbazəl
 
 
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noun

  • 1An aromatic annual herb of the mint family, native to tropical Asia.
    • Genus Ocimum, family Labiatae: several species, in particular the common sweet basil (O. basilicum) and the low-growing, compact bush basil O. minimum
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    • Elsewhere, the best approach is to treat it as an annual herb such as basil.
    • No wonder basil is among our favorite annual herbs.
    • Some people were sitting and having an argument on who watered the basil and sage last.
  • 1.1The leaves of the basil plant used as a culinary herb, especially in Mediterranean dishes.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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