bor·​age ˈbȯr-ij How to pronounce borage (audio)
: a hardy, annual, prickly, European herb (Borago officinalis of the family Boraginaceae, the borage family) with star-shaped blue flowers that is widely naturalized as a weed and has leaves used as remedies in herbal medicine and also as food especially in salads or cooked as a vegetable

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Additional ingredients include borage seed oil and cucumber to cool, soothe, soften, and nourish. Dallas News, 4 Oct. 2022 The miracle worker is infused with sage and witch hazel to tone and purify the skin, while borage extract and aloe vera calm and soothe at the same time. Jennifer Chan, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 The bee meadow mix consisted of perennial sunflower (Helianthus), black-eyed Susan, blanket flower (Gaillardia), California poppy, tickweed (Coreopsis), lupine, borage and phacelia. oregonlive, 18 July 2022 The Calendula Essential Hydrating Cream nourishes and calms skin with calendula extract while borage seed oil softens and conditions. Sarah Han, Allure, 16 May 2022 Organic safflower seed, borage seed, and organic sesame seed oils make for a sumptuous—but not overly heavy—blend of skin-loving ingredients that your skin will sap right up. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 5 May 2022 The treatment deeply moisturizes and refines the skin's texture using an assortment of products with hyaluronic acid, cucumber, borage seed and grape seed oils. Janine Henni,, 21 Apr. 2022 Herbs: Anise, basil, borage, chives, dill, fennel, lemon balm, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, sweet marjoram, tarragon, and thyme. Tom Maccubbin,, 29 Jan. 2022 Look for oils like rosehip seed, borage, jojoba, and sweet almond. Renée Rouleau,, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of borage was in the 14th century

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“Borage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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