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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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There’s Bagaduce Farm, which raises ducks exclusively for Aragosta to roast with nectarine-thyme sauce. Alexandra Hall,, "Serving up splendor Downeast," 5 Aug. 2019 The corn kernels simmer with onion, garlic, water, and thyme. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Chill, It’s Corn Soup," 27 July 2019 Pluck enough leaves from the thyme stems to yield 1 1/2 teaspoons. Scatter them over the jumble of vegetables, then drizzle the oil evenly over the mix and toss to coat. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "When summer produce is past its prime, turn to this roasted corn and vegetable bake," 27 July 2019 Created with Glenfiddich Fire & Cane, roasted lemon and thyme syrup, Scrappy’s Firewater Bitters and Agostura Bitters, the spirited libation finishes with an unexpected oak smokiness and toffee sweetness. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Aspiring young chefs master the art of pasta making," 25 July 2019 Spoon some of the carrot juices over the burrata and garnish, if desired, with fresh parsley or thyme leaves. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Give local carrots a luxurious twist with creamy burrata cheese and herbs," 27 June 2019 Plant some thyme to use in recipes and enjoy the beauty of purple flowers that sprout on top. Washington Post, "ASK A DESIGNER: Outdoor kitchens keep evolving," 10 July 2019 Place the grapes on a baking sheet, drizzle with some oil and the white balsamic, season with sea salt, and sprinkle in the thyme leaves., "Recipe: Waldorf-esque Salad with Roasted Grapes," 26 June 2019 Yerba buena, lavender, lemon balm, orange thyme and verbena to help with sleep. Sherry Stern, Orange County Register, "Great Escape: It’s always inn season at Rancho Bernardo," 14 June 2019

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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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