rose·mary | \ˈrōz-ˌmer-ē \
plural rosemaries

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.

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Dry chops completely and sprinkle on both sides with 1 teaspoon rosemary, salt and pepper. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gatherings: Love, honor and enjoy a meal with your valentine," 10 Feb. 2018 Rack of lamb, the priciest dish on the menu at $38, earned its price tag with a majestic portion, a savory rosemary jus, and tender, flavorful meat. Kate Washington, sacbee, "It's not flashy or splashy, but Roseville's Ciao excels at cooking classic Italian," 8 June 2018 Where the Mexican version is made with tomatillos and chile peppers, the Italian sauce combines capers, mustard, lemon juice, anchovies, parsley, rosemary, and a surprise ingredient --mint. Sally Pasley Vargas,, "Recipe: For a crowd, serve a grilled flank steak with an aromatic Italian herb sauce," 14 May 2018 Her favorite olives are perfect for snacking, salads, sauces, or chopping into a rosemary-olive tapenade to top sliced fried potatoes and goat cheese. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "The 6 Pantry Staples Giada De Laurentiis Can’t Live Without," 17 Apr. 2018 Anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and one of the most powerful antioxidants in the herb world, rosemary is also easy to grow. Sunset, "Top 10 Medicinal Plants You Can Grow at Home," 22 Jan. 2018 The same presentation is used for the Winter in Salzburg, which features dark rum, elderflower, lemon and apple cider infused with rosemary that's torched at your table ($12). Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "10 Chicago spots mixing up hot cocktails to fight the winter chill," 17 Jan. 2018 The unmistakable heavy scent of garlic ranks right up there with onions and rosemary, and will keep the cooking area free of vampires. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Add a little more flavor to your grill with fragrant ingredients," 2 July 2018 Sprinkle with salt and pepper and herbs such as chives, parsley and rosemary. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "A yearning for Bootlegger Beans," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of rosemary

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of rosemary

: an herb that has a sweet smell and that is used in cooking and perfumes


rose·mary | \ˈrōz-ˌmer-ē \

Kids Definition of rosemary

: a fragrant mint with needlelike leaves used as a seasoning in cooking


rose·mary | \ˈrōz-ˌmer-ē \
plural rosemaries

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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