- an evergreen shrub, Rosmarinus officinalis, of the mint family, native to the Mediterranean region, having leathery, narrow leaves and pale-blue, bell-shaped flowers, used as a seasoning and in perfumery and medicine: a traditional symbol of remembrance.
Origin of rosemary
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for rosemary
After Rosemary offers me some tea, I sit down on the couch with Downey Sr. to discuss his astonishing life, and career.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby
November 26, 2014
Today all of “these girls are living their lives in dignity, using needles and sewing machines,” said Sister Rosemary.
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe is a nun of the Sacred Heart who rescues young girls from sexual slavery and rebel attacks in Uganda.
In April 2013, Travis County's District Attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg was arrested for and pleaded guilty to driving while drunk.Peak 'Oops': Explaining the Perry Indictment
August 17, 2014
He seems undaunted at tackling a number previously vocalized by the likes of Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, and Sammy Davis Jr.Is Nick Ziobro the Next Frank Sinatra?
July 19, 2014
What Ophelia said was: 'There's rosemary, that's for remembrance.
In the South of Europe the rosemary has long had magic properties ascribed to it.
For love-potions, decoctions of rosemary were much employed.
As a love-charm the reputation of rosemary seems to have come from the South.
It is as an emblem of remembrance that rosemary is most frequently used by the old poets.
- an aromatic European shrub, Rosmarinus officinalis, widely cultivated for its grey-green evergreen leaves, which are used in cookery for flavouring and yield a fragrant oil used in the manufacture of perfumes: family Lamiaceae (labiates). It is the traditional flower of remembrance
Word Origin and History for rosemary
late 14c., earlier rosmarine (c.1300), from Latin rosmarinus, literally "dew of the sea" (cf. French romarin), from ros "dew" + marinus (see marine (adj.)). Perhaps so called because it grew near coasts. Form altered in English by influence of rose and Mary.
Latin ros is from PIE *ers- "to be wet" (cf. Lithuanian rasa, Old Church Slavonic rosa "dew," Sanskrit rasah "sap, juice, fluid, essence," Hittite arszi "flows," and perhaps also Rha, Scythian name of the River Volga (see rhubarb)).