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marjoram vs. oregano

marjoram vs. oregano: What's the difference?

Marjoram and oregano are both herbs. Although oregano is technically a type of marjoram, the terms are usually used to describe different but related herbs. Marjoram can refer to any herb in the genus Origanum, but it’s especially used to refer to sweet marjoram, which has a gentler and sweeter flavor than oregano, which is especially known for its dried variety.

[ mahr-jer-uhm ]
  1. any of several aromatic herbs belonging to the genus Origanum, of the mint family, especially O. majorana(sweet marjoram ), having leaves used as seasoning in cooking.
[ uh-reg-uh-noh, aw-reg‐ ]
  1. an aromatic herb, Origanum vulgare, of the mint family, having leaves used as seasoning in cooking.

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