noun \ˈrōz-ˌmer-ē\

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

plural rose·mar·ies

Full Definition of ROSEMARY

:  a fragrant shrubby Mediterranean mint (Rosmarinus officinalis) having grayish-green needlelike leaves used as a seasoning; also :  the leaves of rosemary

Examples of ROSEMARY

  1. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of rosemary.

Origin of ROSEMARY

Middle English rosmarine, from Anglo-French rosemarin, from Latin rosmarinus, from ror-, ros dew + marinus of the sea; akin to Sanskrit rasa sap, juice — more at marine
First Known Use: 14th century


noun \ˈrōz-ˌmer-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural rose·mar·ies

Medical Definition of ROSEMARY

: a fragrant shrubby mint (Rosmarinus officinalis) of southern Europe and Asia Minor that is the source of rosemary oil and was formerly used medicinally as a stimulant and carminative


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Small perennial evergreen shrub (Rosmarinus officinalis) of the mint family whose leaves are used to flavour a wide variety of food. The bush grows 3–7.5 ft (1–2.3 m) tall and has short linear leaves that resemble curved pine needles, dark green and shiny above, white beneath. Bluish flowers grow in small clusters. Bees are particularly fond of rosemary. In ancient times rosemary was believed to strengthen memory; in literature and folklore it is an emblem of remembrance and fidelity. Native to the Mediterranean, it has been naturalized throughout Europe and temperate America.


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