orig·​a·​num ə-ˈri-gə-nəm How to pronounce origanum (audio)
: 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of origanum was in the 14th century

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“Origanum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/origanum. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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