[ bawr-ij, bor-, bur- ]
/ ˈbɔr ɪdʒ, ˈbɒr-, ˈbɜr- /


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

1250–1300; Middle English burage < Anglo-French borage, bo(u)-rache, Middle French bourage < Vulgar Latin *burrāgō (Late Latin burra hair stuffing + -gō noun suffix) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for borage


/ (ˈbɒrɪdʒ, ˈbʌrɪdʒ) /


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

C13: from Old French bourage, perhaps from Arabic abū `āraq literally: father of sweat, from its use as a diaphoretic
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