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[awr-i-guh n, or-]
  1. an aromatic herb, especially oregano.
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Origin of origan

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin orīganum < Greek orī́ganon; derivation and further etymology uncertain
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Historical Examples

  • I chanced to see her in her proper hue,Bathing herself in origan and thyme.

    Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast

    Samuel Adams Drake

British Dictionary definitions for origan


  1. another name for marjoram (def. 2)
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin orīganum, from Greek origanon an aromatic herb, perhaps marjoram; compare oregano
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