bor·​age | \ ˈbȯr-ij How to pronounce borage (audio) , ˈbär- \

Definition of borage

: 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

Examples of borage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At a Chez Panisse garden in Sacramento, Griffin recalled growing borage for their distinctive blue flowers as well as viola, which look like miniature pansies. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021 Herbs: Anise, basil, bay laurel, borage, chives, coriander, dill, lemon balm, lavender, Mexican tarragon, mint, parsley, rosemary, sage, sweet fennel, sweet marjoram and thyme 6. Tom Maccubbin,, 28 Aug. 2021 This is a non-native biennial (or sometimes triennial) plant in the borage family. oregonlive, 4 July 2021 That’s because the formula contains herbal extracts like borage and cornflower, which help hydrate skin and control oil. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 8 June 2021 The yellow broccolini flowers echo the bitterness of the broccolini, while the fresh cucumber-like flavor of the purple borage plays off that sharpness. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, 26 Mar. 2021 Appreciate the flowering plants and the delicious bounty of lavender, echinacea, calendula, borage, wildflower, chamomile and Thai basil. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, 22 Mar. 2021 The cucumber soup was garnished with borage blossoms. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2021 Small blue borage flowers, which attract bees and butterflies, can replenish their nectar in two minutes. Natalie Hamilton, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of borage

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for borage

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

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10 Oct 2021

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“Borage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of borage

: a type of European plant that has blue flowers and hairy leaves

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