- a plant, Borago officinalis, native to southern Europe, having hairy leaves and stems, used medicinally and in salads.Compare borage family.
- any of various allied or similar plants.
Origin of borage
Examples from the Web for borage
Historical Examples of borage
Let it stand till the sugar is dissolved, then put in a sprig of borage.
Mix well, pop in a few sprigs of borage, and a block or two of ice.
Garden rue and the short bristles of the borage are irritating.
It feeds on the wild heartsease, also on sainfoin and borage.British Butterfiles
W. S. Coleman
I rather think that when the 12th of June shall have shaken off these shackles, there will be borage on the lawn at Gad's.The Letters of Charles Dickens
- a European boraginaceous plant, Borago officinalis, with star-shaped blue flowers. The young leaves have a cucumber-like flavour and are sometimes used in salads or as seasoning
- any of several related plants
Word Origin for borage
flowering plant used in salads, mid-13c., from Anglo-French, Old French borage (13c., Modern French bourrache), from Medieval Latin borrago. Klein says this is ultimately from Arabic abu arak, literally "the father of sweat," so called by Arab physicians for its effect on humans. But OED says it's from Latin borra "rough hair, short wool," in reference to the texture of the foliage.