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[kost-mair-ee, kawst-] /ˈkɒstˌmɛər i, ˈkɔst-/
noun, plural costmaries.
a composite plant, Chrysanthemum balsamita, that has silvery, fragrant leaves and is used in salads and as a flavoring.
Also called mint geranium.
Origin of costmary
1325-75; Middle English costmarie, equivalent to cost (Old English cost costmary < Latin costum, costus a composite herb, Saussurea lappa < Greek kóstos) + Marie (the Virgin) Mary Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for costmary


noun (pl) -maries
a herbaceous plant, Chrysanthemum balsamita, native to Asia. Its fragrant leaves were used as a seasoning and to flavour ale: family Asteraceae (composites) Also called alecost
Word Origin
C15 costmarie, from Latin costum aromatic plant + Marie (the Virgin) Mary
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