basil

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ba·sil

noun \ˈba-zəl, ˈbā-, -səl\

: an herb that has a sweet smell and that is used in cooking

Full Definition of BASIL

1
:  any of several aromatic herbs (genus Ocimum) of the mint family; especially :  sweet basil
2
:  the dried or fresh leaves of a basil used especially as a seasoning

Origin of BASIL

Middle French basile, from Late Latin basilicum, from Greek basilikon, from neuter of basilikos
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Food Terms

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Rhymes with BASIL

Bas·il

biographical name \ˈbā-zəl, ˈba-, -səl\

Definition of BASIL

Saint ca 329–379 the Great church father; bishop of Caesarea

Variants of BASIL

Bas·il or Ba·sil·i·us \bə-ˈsi-lē-əs, -ˈzi-\

Rhymes with BASIL

basil

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Herb consisting of the dried leaves of Ocimum basilicum, an annual herb of the mint family, native to India and Iran. The dried large-leaf varieties have a fragrant aroma faintly reminiscent of anise, with a warm, sweet, aromatic, mildly pungent flavour. The dried leaves of common basil are less fragrant and more pungent. Basil is widely grown as a kitchen herb. Tea made from basil leaves is a stimulant. The heart-shaped basil leaf is a symbol of love in Italy.

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