a European plant, Levisticum officinale, of the parsley family, having coarsely toothed compound leaves, cultivated in gardens.

Nearby words

  1. louvre,
  2. louvred,
  3. louÿs,
  4. louÿs, pierre,
  5. lovable,
  6. lovastatin,
  7. lovat,
  8. love,
  9. love affair,
  10. love apple

Origin of lovage

1350–1400; Middle English loveache < Anglo-French luvesche (by association with ache celery < Latin apium) < Old English lufestice (by syncope) < Medieval Latin levistica, for Late Latin levisticum, alteration of Latin ligusticum lovage, noun use of neuter of Ligusticus Ligurian

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British Dictionary definitions for lovage



a European umbelliferous plant, Levisticum officinale, with greenish-white flowers and aromatic fruits, which are used for flavouring food
Scotch lovage a similar and related plant, Ligusticum scoticum, of N Europe

Word Origin for lovage

C14 loveache, from Old French luvesche, from Late Latin levisticum, from Latin ligusticum, literally: Ligurian (plant)

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