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basil

noun ba·sil \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
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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

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with BASIL

Basil

biographical name Bas·il \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 Defined for Kids

basil

noun ba·sil \ˈba-zəl, ˈbā-\

Definition of BASIL for Kids

:  a fragrant mint used in cooking

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