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costmary

[ kost-mair-ee, kawst- ]
/ ˈkɒstˌmɛər i, ˈkɔst- /
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noun, plural cost·mar·ies.
a composite plant, Chrysanthemum balsamita, that has silvery, fragrant leaves and is used in salads and as a flavoring.
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Also called mint geranium.

Origin of costmary

1325–75; Middle English costmarie, equivalent to cost (Old English cost costmary <Latin costum,costus a composite herb, Saussurea lappa<Greek kóstos) + Marie (the Virgin) Mary
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British Dictionary definitions for costmary

costmary
/ (ˈkɒstˌmɛərɪ) /

noun plural -maries
a herbaceous plant, Chrysanthemum balsamita, native to Asia. Its fragrant leaves were used as a seasoning and to flavour ale: family Asteraceae (composites)Also called: alecost

Word Origin for costmary

C15 costmarie, from Latin costum aromatic plant + Marie (the Virgin) Mary
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