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[uh-reg-uh-noh, aw-reg‐] /əˈrɛg əˌnoʊ, ɔˈrɛg‐/
an aromatic herb, Origanum vulgare, of the mint family, having leaves used as seasoning in cooking.
Also called pot marjoram.
Compare marjoram.
Origin of oregano
1765-75; < American Spanish orégano, Spanish: wild marjoram < Latin orīganum. See origan Unabridged
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  • There is no danger of inflammation—nothing beats the oregano for preventing that, and you need not be afraid of fever.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • She smelled faintly of garlic, oregano and some kind of incense, maybe sandalwood.

    Tinker's Dam Joseph Tinker
British Dictionary definitions for oregano


a Mediterranean variety of wild marjoram (Origanum vulgare), with pungent leaves
the dried powdered leaves of this plant, used to season food
See also origanum
Word Origin
C18: American Spanish, from Spanish, from Latin orīganum, from Greek origanon an aromatic herb, perhaps marjoram
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Word Origin and History for oregano

1771, from Spanish or American Spanish oregano, from Latin origanus, origanum, from Greek oreiganon, from oros "mountain" (see oread) + ganos "brightness, ornament." The older form of the word in English was the Latin-derived origanum (mid-13c.), also origan (early 15c.). In Europe, the dried leaves of wild marjoram; in America, a different, and more pungent, shrub.

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