costmary

noun
cost·​mary | \ ˈkȯst-ˌmer-ē How to pronounce costmary (audio) , ˈkäst- \
plural costmaries

Definition of costmary

: an aromatic composite Eurasian herb (Chrysanthemum balsamita synonym Tanacetum balsamita) having leaves used as a potherb and in flavoring

First Known Use of costmary

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for costmary

Middle English costmarie, from coste costmary (from Old English cost, from Latin costum, from Greek kostos, a fragrant root) + Marie the Virgin Mary

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“Costmary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/costmary. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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