noun \ə-ˈre-gə-ˌnō\

: an herb that has green leaves with a sweet smell which are used in cooking

Full Definition of OREGANO

:  a bushy perennial mint (Origanum vulgare) that is used as a seasoning and a source of aromatic oil —called also origanum, wild marjoram
:  any of several plants (genera Lippia and Coleus) other than oregano of the vervain or mint families

Examples of OREGANO

  1. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of chopped oregano.

Origin of OREGANO

American Spanish orégano, from Spanish, wild marjoram, from Latin origanum — more at origanum
First Known Use: 1771


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Flavourful dried leaves and flowering tops of any of various perennial herbs of the mint family, particularly Origanum vulgare. Oregano is an essential ingredient of Mediterranean cuisines; in the U.S., use of oregano rose sharply in the late 20th century, largely because of the popularity of pizza. Native to the Mediterranean and western Asia, the herbs are now naturalized in parts of Mexico and the U.S.


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