oreg·​a·​no | \ ə-ˈre-gə-ˌnō How to pronounce oregano (audio) \

Definition of oregano

1 : a bushy perennial mint (Origanum vulgare) with leaves that are used as a seasoning and a source of aromatic oil

called also origanum, wild marjoram

2 : any of several plants (genera Lippia and Coleus) other than oregano of the vervain or mint families

Examples of oregano in a Sentence

The recipe calls for a tablespoon of chopped oregano.

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Those who do are rewarded with a meticulous composition rendering everything from oregano to hydrangeas to foxtail and clematis. Alex Ronan, Vogue, "This Artist’s Flower “Fossils” Are a New Way to Bring Nature Indoors," 27 July 2018 Gorin keeps dried dill, basil, rosemary, cilantro, oregano, and parsley around for things like pasta, frittatas, salads, sandwiches, and more. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "11 Spices Everyone Should Have in Their Pantry," 23 Mar. 2019 Offerings include: a Caribbean avocado salad, the camarones con tomate, made with shrimp, garlic, tomato sauce, white wine, oregano and parsley and Abuela’s flan, a traditional Cuban custard topped with caramel. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "117 ways to celebrate mom: Your San Diego guide to Mother's Day brunches, lunches and dinners," 7 May 2018 Crack 1 egg into each pepper ring; sprinkle with oregano and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Egg Pepper Rings with Carrot Salsa," 9 Jan. 2019 The menu offers only two types of pizza: margherita, topped simply with mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil; and marinara, spiked with fragrant oregano and doused with olive oil. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "34 Best Restaurants in Tokyo," 2 Mar. 2018 In a 5- to 6-qt slow cooker, stir together tomatoes (and their juices), chili powder, oregano, cumin, 1 cup water, and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chili," 30 Jan. 2019 Season chicken with paprika, oregano, red pepper flakes (if using), and a pinch of salt; add to the skillet and stir, then remove from heat. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Mediterranean Zucchini Boats with Kefir-Mint Topping," 25 Oct. 2018 One more way to loosen up blockages is by steaming with anti-inflammatory essential oils such as lemongrass, eucalyptus, rosemary, and oregano. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 All-Natural Strategies for Fighting the Cold and Flu This Winter," 8 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of oregano

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for oregano

American Spanish orégano, from Spanish, wild marjoram, from Latin origanum — more at origanum

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English Language Learners Definition of oregano

: an herb that has green leaves with a sweet smell which are used in cooking

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