sweet basil


: a basil (Ocimum basilicum) with whitish or purple flowers that includes several cultivars (such as bush basil)
also : its dried or fresh leaves used especially as a seasoning

Examples of sweet basil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The namesake salad features the bright colors of the Italian flag, with soft and milky mozzarella cheese, vibrant red tomatoes and fresh, vivid green sweet basil. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 9 May 2024 The crops on her five-acre plot include corn, peppers, beans and sweet basil. Jacey Fortin Mike Belleme, New York Times, 21 Oct. 2023 This sweet basil has a vibrant clove flavor and crinkled, curled leaves. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 July 2023 And those sweet basil lox? Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 29 June 2022 The Golden Flight package picks you up in a plane perfumed with calming sweet basil oil. Nicola Chilton, Robb Report, 2 Apr. 2023 Choose your fighter: The Mineral Soak (a combination of California sea salts and Hawaiian green salts), Body Oil (made with huckleberry seed oil and sandalwood nut oil), or Fragrance Oil (a calming, earthy aroma with a hint of sweet basil) all relieve moments of tension. Lisa Desantis, Allure, 23 Mar. 2023 This craft distillery gin boasts nine different botanicals, including two unusual ones: sweet basil and Wisconsin ginseng. Jeanette Hurt, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 Surprising scoops, like sweet basil vanilla. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 1 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sweet basil was circa 1647

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“Sweet basil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20basil. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

sweet basil

: a mint that has clusters of whitish or purple flowers and leaves often used as a seasoning in cooking

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