Simple Definition of oregano
: an herb that has green leaves with a sweet smell which are used in cooking
Full Definition of oregano
1 : a bushy perennial mint (Origanum vulgare) that is used as a seasoning and a source of aromatic oil —called also origanum, wild marjoram
2 : any of several plants (genera Lippia and Coleus) other than oregano of the vervain or mint families
Examples of oregano in a sentence
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
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