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marjoram

[ mahr-jer-uhm ]
/ ˈmɑr dʒər əm /
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noun

any of several aromatic herbs belonging to the genus Origanum, of the mint family, especially O. majorana(sweet marjoram ), having leaves used as seasoning in cooking.

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Origin of marjoram

1350–1400; Middle English majorane<Medieval Latin majorana, variant of majoraca, alteration of Latin amāracus<Greek amā́rakos marjoram
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British Dictionary definitions for marjoram

marjoram
/ (ˈmɑːdʒərəm) /

noun

Also called: sweet marjoram an aromatic Mediterranean plant, Origanum (or Marjorana) hortensis, with small pale purple flowers and sweet-scented leaves, used for seasoning food and in salads: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
Also called: wild marjoram, pot marjoram, origan a similar and related European plant, Origanum vulgareSee also oregano, origanum
C14: via Old French majorane, from Medieval Latin marjorana
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