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

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Recent Examples on the Web Similar to another best-seller, the Earth Mama Belly Butter, this nourishing oil is chock-full of organic ingredients like jojoba seed oil, borage seed oil, and calendula flower extract. Brigitt Earley, Allure, 28 Feb. 2024 This cocktail kit features a recycled egg carton filled with seeds for herbs to enhance your favorite cocktails: thyme, lavender, Thai basil, mint, lemon balm, and blue borage. Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Aug. 2023 Some flowers that are considered edible include alliums, nasturtiums, marigolds, pansies, borage, chamomile, and squash blossoms. Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 This top pick for the best purple shampoo is enriched with Amika’s bond cure technology that helps protect hair from breakage caused by environmental stresses, plus mango butter extract, borage oil, shea butter, and vegan proteins to deeply nourish and strengthen strands while also cleansing. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2024 Reynolds recommends planting pollinator-friendly varieties, such as milkweed, marigolds and borage. Nevin Martell, Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2023 Herbs: Anise, basil, bay laurel, borage, cardamom, chives, coriander, dill, borage, edible ginger, lemon balm, oregano, Mexican tarragon, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, savory, sweet marjoram and thyme 15. Tom MacCubbin,, 27 Mar. 2021 Also in there: Softening, shine-enhancing oils like argan, borage, and jojoba. Deanna Pai, Women's Health, 19 July 2023 But the concentrated blend of arnica, borage, alfalfa, borage, elderberry, meadowsweet and calendula provides a healthy dose of skin-soothing goodness to ensure that the largest organ in your body remains healthy. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 5 May 2022

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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 23 May. 2024.

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