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[tahym; spelling pronunciation thahym] /taɪm; spelling pronunciation θaɪm/
any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Thymus, of the mint family, including the common garden herb T. vulgaris, a low subshrub having narrow, aromatic leaves used for seasoning.
Origin of thyme
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin thymum < Greek thýmon
Can be confused
thyme, time. Unabridged
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  • thyme, too, went the colour of the old-rose curtain behind which she sat.

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  • He, too, however, was uneasy that thyme should know so much.

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  • thyme faced round; there was a sort of passion in her darkened eyes, rimmed pink with grief, and in all her gushed, wet face.

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  • In thyme's heart rose the passionate feeling, 'How disgusting!

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  • Sift in two tablespoonfuls of cracker crumbs not browned, a tablespoonful of minced parsley and thyme, and a little salt.

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British Dictionary definitions for thyme


any of various small shrubs of the temperate genus Thymus, having a strong mintlike odour, small leaves, and white, pink, or red flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
Derived Forms
thymy, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French thym, from Latin thymum, from Greek thumon, from thuein to make a burnt offering
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Word Origin and History for thyme

plant of the mint family, late 14c., from Old French thym, tym (13c.), from Latin thymum, from Greek thymon, possibly from thyein "burn as a sacrifice," which would indicate the plant was used as incense.

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