[ tahym; spelling pronunciation thahym ]
/ taɪm; spelling pronunciation θaɪm /


any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Thymus, of the mint family, including the common garden herb T. vulgaris, a low subshrub having narrow, aromatic leaves used for seasoning.

Origin of thyme

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin thymum < Greek thýmon
Can be confusedthyme time Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for thyme


/ (taɪm) /


any of various small shrubs of the temperate genus Thymus, having a strong mintlike odour, small leaves, and white, pink, or red flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
Derived Formsthymy, adjective

Word Origin for thyme

C14: from Old French thym, from Latin thymum, from Greek thumon, from thuein to make a burnt offering
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