clary

[ klair-ee ]
/ ˈklɛər i /
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noun, plural clar·ies.

any of several aromatic herbs of the genus Salvia, especially S. sclarea, having hairy, heart-shaped leaves and open clusters of lilac or blue flowers, used as a seasoning, a wine flavoring, and an ingredient in perfumes.

Nearby words

  1. claro,
  2. clarsach,
  3. clarthead,
  4. clarts,
  5. clarty,
  6. clash,
  7. clashing rocks,
  8. clasp,
  9. clasp knife,
  10. clasp-hook

Origin of clary

before 1000; Middle English clare, sclari, Old English slarege < Medieval Latin sclareia

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British Dictionary definitions for clary

clary

/ (ˈklɛərɪ) /

noun plural claries

any of several European plants of the genus Salvia, having aromatic leaves and blue flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)

Word Origin for clary

C14: from earlier sclarreye, from Medieval Latin sclareia, of obscure origin

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