sweet basil

noun
|Updated on: 25 Jul 2018

Definition of 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

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circa 1647

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