rosemary

[ rohz-mair-ee, -muh-ree ]
/ ˈroʊzˌmɛər i, -mə ri /

noun, plural rose·mar·ies.

an evergreen shrub, Rosmarinus officinalis, of the mint family, native to the Mediterranean region, having leathery, narrow leaves and pale-blue, bell-shaped flowers, used as a seasoning and in perfumery and medicine: a traditional symbol of remembrance.

Origin of rosemary

1400–50; late Middle English rose mary (by folk etymology, influenced by rose1 and the name Mary) < Latin rōs dew + marīnus marine, or rōs maris dew of the sea (in E the final -s mistaken for plural sign)

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Rosemary

[ rohz-mair-ee, -muh-ree ]
/ ˈroʊzˌmɛər i, -mə ri /

noun

a female given name.
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rosemary

/ (ˈrəʊzmərɪ) /

noun plural -maries

an aromatic European shrub, Rosmarinus officinalis, widely cultivated for its grey-green evergreen leaves, which are used in cookery for flavouring and yield a fragrant oil used in the manufacture of perfumes: family Lamiaceae (labiates). It is the traditional flower of remembrance

Word Origin for rosemary

C15: earlier rosmarine, from Latin rōs dew + marīnus marine; modern form influenced by folk etymology, as if rose 1 + Mary
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