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Definition of thyme

1 : any of a genus (Thymus) of Eurasian mints with small pungent aromatic leaves especially : a Mediterranean garden herb (T. vulgaris)
2 : thyme leaves used as a seasoning

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Check the use of zaatar, a thyme-heavy spice blend popular in Levantine cuisine. Christina Tkacik,, "Break bread at The Tilted Row in Bolton Hill," 3 July 2019 Herbs: Anise, basil, bay laurel, chive, dill, ginger, lemon balm, Mexican tarragon, mint, oregano, sage, sweet marjoram and thyme. 6. Tom Maccubbin,, "July in the Garden," 28 June 2019 Owner Jody LaSalle points out the basil, rosemary, crawling rosemary, chives, Mojito mint, tarragon, garlic, parsley, dill and thyme. Denise Coffey,, "Baking The Best For NE CT Farmers Markets," 10 June 2019 The Equi-Clean grooming wipes are formulated with smelling herbs, including aloe vera, chamomile, comfrey, lavender and thyme. Alex Kushel,, "Equestrian creates grooming wipes to keep horses clean on the go," 20 June 2019 Note the flourish of chive and thyme flowers scattered on the mound of pork belly. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Cane doubles the pleasures with chef-driven Caribbean cooking," 19 June 2019 Add onions, a good pinch of salt, pepper and bay leaf or thyme. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "The art of finishing sauces for fish," 5 June 2019 Discard thyme from reserved roasted vegetables and transfer half of them to large pot. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Creamy Corn Chowder," 21 Dec. 2018 Active: 25 minutes Total: 25 minutes 1 lb green beans, trimmed 2 Tbsp light whipped butter or light buttery spread 1/2 tsp salt 1/8 tsp black pepper 1 Tbsp chopped garlic 1 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme1 tsp lemon juice 1. Lisa Lillien, Redbook, "3 Simple, Flavorful Ways To Eat More Vegetables," 23 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of thyme

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of thyme

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


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Kids Definition of thyme

: a mint with tiny fragrant leaves used especially in cooking


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Medical Definition of thyme

: 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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