orig·​a·​num | \ ə-ˈri-gə-nəm How to pronounce origanum (audio) \

Definition of origanum

: any of several aromatic mints (especially genus Origanum) with aromatic leaves used as seasonings especially : oregano sense 1

Examples of origanum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Za’atar is the Arabic name for origanum syriacum, an herb native to the Levantine swath of the Middle East that includes Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Jordan. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of origanum

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for origanum

Middle English, from Latin, wild marjoram, from Greek origanon

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“Origanum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/origanum. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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