za'atar

noun
za'a·​tar | \ ˈzä-ˌtär How to pronounce za'atar (audio) \
variants: or less commonly zaatar

Definition of za'atar

: a Middle Eastern spice blend made usually of dried herbs (such as thyme or marjoram), dried sumac (see sumac sense 3), and sesame seeds

First Known Use of za'atar

1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for za'atar

borrowed from Arabic zaʻtar, saʻtar, ṣaʻtar "any of various herbs (as Origanum syriacum or Thymus serpyllum), a mixture of these herbs with sumac and sesame seeds"

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“Za'atar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/za%27atar. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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