Definition of rosemary
: a fragrant shrubby Mediterranean mint (Rosmarinus officinalis) having grayish-green needlelike leaves used as a seasoning; also : the leaves of rosemary
Examples of rosemary in a Sentence
The recipe calls for a tablespoon of rosemary.
Recent Examples of rosemary from the Web
Calagione told me over the phone from the airport on his way to Rome to brew beer using local rosemary.
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Origin and Etymology of rosemary
Middle English rosmarine, from Anglo-French rosemarin, from Latin rosmarinus, from ror-, ros dew + marinus of the sea; akin to Sanskrit rasa sap, juice — more at marine
First Known Use: 14th century
ROSEMARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rosemary for English Language Learners
: an herb that has a sweet smell and that is used in cooking and perfumes
ROSEMARY Defined for Kids
Definition of rosemary for Students
: a fragrant mint with needlelike leaves used as a seasoning in cooking
Medical Definition of rosemary
: a fragrant shrubby mint (Rosmarinus officinalis) of southern Europe and Asia Minor that is the source of rosemary oil and was formerly used medicinally as a stimulant and carminative
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