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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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Recent Examples on the Web Top each fillet with thyme sprigs, pour butter over fillets and serve with lemon wedges., "Recipe: Butter-Basted Fish Fillets with Garlic and Thyme," 2 July 2020 An all-natural whole or half-bird is brined with thyme, coated with seasoned buttermilk and honey, and dusted with flour before being deep-fried. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Goode Company Restaurants to launch Goode Bird new fried chicken to go concept," 10 July 2020 It's also seasoned with fresh dill, thyme, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Lobster week is now lobster month at Mudgie's Deli in Corktown," 9 July 2020 Toss again just before serving, add thyme and parsley. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Fourth of July grilling: Raising the stakes with steak," 29 June 2020 Sweat the vegetables down for three minutes, then remove from heat and add the thyme and parsley. Naveen Kumar, CNN Underscored, "Slow cooker recipes that will feed your family for days," 9 July 2020 Add garlic and thyme sprigs to skillet at 12 o’clock position (butter will spatter)., "Recipe: Butter-Basted Fish Fillets with Garlic and Thyme," 2 July 2020 The thyme has become sentient and is contemplating running for president. Matt Bean, Sunset Magazine, "Sunset Loves: I Tried Vertical Gardening and Now the Neighbors Love Me," 12 June 2020 To prepare the chicken: Combine oregano, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, mint, marjoram and black pepper. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Lower-fat yogurt dressing keeps Chicken Shawarma Salad healthful," 13 June 2020

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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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5 Aug 2020

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“Thyme.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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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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