thyme

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noun \ˈtīm also ˈthīm\

Definition of thyme

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Thymus) of Eurasian mints with small pungent aromatic leaves; especially :  a Mediterranean garden herb (T. vulgaris)

  2. 2 :  thyme leaves used as a seasoning

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Origin and Etymology of thyme

Middle English, from Anglo-French time, thime, from Latin thymum, from Greek thymon, probably from thyein to make a burnt offering, sacrifice; akin to Latin fumus smoke — more at fume


THYME Defined for English Language Learners

thyme

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Definition of thyme for English Language Learners

  • : a sweet-smelling herb with small leaves that is used in cooking


THYME Defined for Kids

thyme

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noun \ˈtīm\

Definition of thyme for Students

  1. :  a mint with tiny fragrant leaves used especially in cooking


Medical Dictionary

thyme

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noun \ˈtīm also ˈthīm\

Medical Definition of thyme

  1. :  any of a genus (Thymus) of mints with small pungent aromatic leaves; especially :  a garden herb (T. vulgaris) used in seasoning and formerly in medicine especially as a stimulant and carminative



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