marjoram

[mahr-jer-uh m]
noun
  1. 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.
Compare oregano.

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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marjoram

noun
  1. 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)
  2. Also called: wild marjoram, pot marjoram, origan a similar and related European plant, Origanum vulgareSee also oregano, origanum

Word Origin for marjoram

C14: via Old French majorane, from Medieval Latin marjorana
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Word Origin and History for marjoram
n.

late 14c., from Old French majorane (13c., Modern French marjolaine), from Medieval Latin maiorana, of uncertain origin, probably ultimately from India (cf. Sanskrit maruva- "marjoram"), with form influenced by Latin major "greater."

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