Definition of rosemary in English:

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rosemary

Pronunciation: /ˈrōzˌmerē/

noun

An evergreen aromatic shrub of the mint family, native to southern Europe. The narrow leaves are used as a culinary herb, in perfumery, and as an emblem of remembrance.
  • Rosmarinus officinalis, family Labiatae.
Example sentences
  • Fennel, rosemary, marjoram, garlic, and juniper berries are variously favoured aromatics in Italian pork cookery.
  • She took the breadcrumbs out and mixed them with oregano, basil, rosemary and black pepper.
  • Thyme, rosemary, marjoram and lavender will act as a magnet for bees and butterflies.

Origin

Middle English rosmarine, based on Latin ros marinus, from ros 'dew' + marinus 'of the sea'. The spelling change was due to association with rose1 and Mary1.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: rose·mar·y

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