- any of several aromatic herbs of the genus Salvia, especially S. sclarea, having hairy, heart-shaped leaves and open clusters of lilac or blue flowers, used as a seasoning, a wine flavoring, and an ingredient in perfumes.
Origin of clary
before 1000; Middle English clare, sclari, Old English slarege < Medieval Latin sclareia
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Examples from the Web for clary
Clary added: “The person most engaged was Baker [Mitchell].”At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’
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Tell me, Clary, and tell me truly—Do you not continue to correspond with Mr. Lovelace?
I am loth to interrupt you, Clary; though you could more than once break in upon me.
How often, Clary, must I forbid your unsisterly reflections?
So turning from me, she spoke with quickness, Whither now, Clary Harlowe?
But what is person, Clary, with one of your prudence, and your heart disengaged?
- any of several European plants of the genus Salvia, having aromatic leaves and blue flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
C14: from earlier sclarreye, from Medieval Latin sclareia, of obscure origin
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