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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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To do it, wash and dry your beets, then massage them with a bit of olive oil (about a teaspoon per beet) plus herbs like thyme and salt. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Yes, It Is Possible to Prep and Cook Beets Without Making a Huge Mess—Here's How," 27 Feb. 2019 Make the simple syrup: Combine 4 strips orange zest, 3 sprigs thyme, and 1 cup each sugar and water in a small saucepan. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Orange-Thyme Old-Fashioned," 31 Oct. 2018 In a small bowl, combine butter, garlic, thyme, and remaining Tbsp oil. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Fresh Herbs," 30 Nov. 2018 Mejillones con Azafran, steamed saffron mussels, are laced with saffron, sherry, garlic, and thyme. Robin Currie,, "Bring the tapas bar home with 'Boqueria'," 5 July 2018 At the top of the list are thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage and chives. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "How to pick the most useful herbs to plant in your back yard," 26 June 2018 Add the mushrooms, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and cook for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms have released their water and begin to brown. Ellie Krieger, miamiherald, "This mushroom risotto is feeling its oats | Miami Herald," 26 Feb. 2018 Place them on the baking sheet and toss with garlic, thyme (sprigs or dried), olive oil, salt and pepper. Bryn Mooth,, "How to eat healthy in 2018, no diet required," 18 Jan. 2018 Keep it classic and go for the margherita, or select something more unusual, such as a pizza topped with oxtail, mozzarella, black garlic, thyme and caramelized onions. Fox News, "America's top 5 pizza restaurants," 28 Jan. 2016

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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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