winter savory


noun

See under savory2.

Nearby words

  1. winter olympic games,
  2. winter park,
  3. winter purslane,
  4. winter quarters,
  5. winter rose,
  6. winter solstice,
  7. winter sports,
  8. winter springs,
  9. winter squash,
  10. winter war

Origin of winter savory

First recorded in 1590–1600

savory

2
[sey-vuh-ree]

noun, plural sa·vor·ies.

any of several aromatic herbs belonging to the genus Satureja, of the mint family, especially S. hortensis (summer savory) or S. montana (winter savory), having narrow leaves used in cookery.

Origin of savory

2
1350–1400; Middle English saverey, perhaps for Old English sætherie < Latin saturēia (whence also Old English saturege, Middle English satureie)

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British Dictionary definitions for winter savory

savory

noun plural -vories

any of numerous aromatic plants of the genus Satureja, esp S. montana (winter savory) and S. hortensis (summer savory), of the Mediterranean region, having narrow leaves and white, pink, or purple flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
the leaves of any of these plants, used as a potherb

Word Origin for savory

C14: probably from Old English sætherie, from Latin saturēia, of obscure origin

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