basil

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noun ba·sil \ˈba-zəl, ˈbā-, -səl\

Definition of basil

  1. 1 :  any of several aromatic herbs (genus Ocimum) of the mint family; especially :  sweet basil

  2. 2 :  the dried or fresh leaves of a basil used especially as a seasoning

Origin and Etymology of basil

Middle French basile, from Late Latin basilicum, from Greek basilikon, from neuter of basilikos


First Known Use: 15th century


Basil

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biographical name Bas·il \ˈbā-zəl, ˈba-, -səl\

Definition of Basil

  1. Saint ca 329–379 the Great church father; bishop of Caesarea

Variants of basil

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Basilius

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BASIL Defined for English Language Learners

basil

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noun ba·sil \ˈba-zəl, ˈbā-, -səl\

Definition of basil for English Language Learners

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


BASIL Defined for Kids

basil

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noun ba·sil \ˈba-zəl, ˈbā-\

Definition of basil for Students

  1. :  a fragrant mint used in cooking


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