oregano

noun oreg·a·no \ ə-ˈre-gə-ˌnō \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

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

  1. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of chopped oregano.

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Origin and Etymology of oregano

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


OREGANO Defined for English Language Learners

oregano

noun

Definition of oregano for English Language Learners

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



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