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winter savory

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Origin of winter savory

First recorded in 1590–1600

savory2

[sey-vuh-ree]
noun, plural sa·vor·ies.
  1. any of several aromatic herbs belonging to the genus Satureja, of the mint family, especially S. hortensis (summer savory) or S. montana (winter savory), having narrow leaves used in cookery.

Origin of savory2

1350–1400; Middle English saverey, perhaps for Old English sætherie < Latin saturēia (whence also Old English saturege, Middle English satureie)
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British Dictionary definitions for winter savory

savory

noun plural -vories
  1. any of numerous aromatic plants of the genus Satureja, esp S. montana (winter savory) and S. hortensis (summer savory), of the Mediterranean region, having narrow leaves and white, pink, or purple flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
  2. the leaves of any of these plants, used as a potherb

Word Origin

C14: probably from Old English sætherie, from Latin saturēia, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for winter savory

savory

adj.

"pleasing in taste or smell," c.1200, from Old French savore "tasty, flavorsome" (Modern French savouré), past participle of savourer "to taste" (see savor (n.)).

savory

n.

aromatic mint, late 14c., perhaps an alteration of Old English sæþerie, which is ultimately from Latin satureia "savory (n.)," a foreign word in Latin. But early history of the word suggests transmission via Old French savereie. In either case, the form of the word probably was altered by influence of the Middle English or Old French form of savory (adj.).

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