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Origin of sweet basil
First recorded in 1640–50
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Definition for sweet basil (2 of 2)
[ baz-uh l, bas-, bey-zuh l, -suh l ]
/ ˈbæz əl, ˈbæs-, ˈbeɪ zəl, -səl /
any of several aromatic herbs belonging to the genus Ocimum, of the mint family, as O. basilicum (sweet basil), having purplish-green ovate leaves used in cooking.
Origin of basil
1400–50; late Middle English basile < Middle French < Late Latin basilicum < Greek basilikón, neuter of basilikós royal. See basilic
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Example sentences from the Web for sweet basil
Take two large bunches of sweet-marjoram; the same of sweet-basil; and one bunch of parsley.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book|Eliza Leslie
You might as well give your father a pot of sweet-basil such as the cobblers have in their stalls.The Flower Girl of The Chteau d'Eau, v.1 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XV)|Charles Paul de Kock
British Dictionary definitions for sweet basil (1 of 3)
/ (ˈbæzəl) /
Saint, called the Great, ?329–379 ad, Greek patriarch: an opponent of Arianism and one of the founders of monasticism. Feast day: Jan 2, June 14, or Jan 1
British Dictionary definitions for sweet basil (2 of 3)
See basil (def. 1)
British Dictionary definitions for sweet basil (3 of 3)
/ (ˈbæzəl) /
Also called: sweet basil a Eurasian plant, Ocimum basilicum, having spikes of small white flowers and aromatic leaves used as herbs for seasoning: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
Also called: wild basil a European plant, Satureja vulgaris (or Clinopodium vulgare), with dense clusters of small pink or whitish flowers: family Lamiaceae
basil-thyme a European plant, Acinos arvensis, having clusters of small violet-and-white flowers: family Lamiaceae
Word Origin for basil
C15: from Old French basile, from Late Latin basilicum, from Greek basilikon, from basilikos royal, from basileus king
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