noun \ˈbr-ij, ˈbär-\

: a type of European plant that has blue flowers and hairy leaves

Full Definition of BORAGE

:  a coarse hairy blue-flowered European herb (Borago officinalis of the family Boraginaceae, the borage family) used medicinally and in salads

Origin of BORAGE

Middle English, from Anglo-French bourage, from Medieval Latin borrago, probably from Arabic dialect *būʽaraq, alteration of Arabic abū ʽaraq, literally, source of sweat; from its use as a diaphoretic
First Known Use: 14th century

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Borage (Borago officinalis).—A to Z Botanical Collection/EB Inc.

Large hairy annual herb (Borago officinalis), an ornamental species with large, rough, oblong leaves and loose, drooping clusters of starlike blue flowers. It is a member of the family Boraginaceae, which contains mostly herbs but also some trees and shrubs, all found in tropical, subtropical, and temperate areas and most concentrated in the Mediterranean region. Several other ornamental species are grown in gardens, including the Virginia bluebell (Mertensia virginica), forget-me-nots, heliotropes, and lungworts (Pulmonaria). Borage is also used as an herbal and bee plant and eaten as a vegetable.


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