from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An annual, bristly European herb (Borago officinalis) having blue or purplish star-shaped flowers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a Mediterranean plant with oval leaves, used in salads.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mucilaginous plant of the genus Borago (B. officinalis), which is used, esp. in France, as a demulcent and diaphoretic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A European plant, Borago officinalis, the principal representative of the genus, occasionally cultivated for its blue flowers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. hairy blue-flowered European annual herb long used in herbal medicine and eaten raw as salad greens or cooked like spinach
- n. an herb whose leaves are used to flavor sauces and punches; young leaves can be eaten in salads or cooked
Middle English, from Old French bourage, from Medieval Latin borāgō, probably from Arabic bū'araq, from 'abū 'araq, source of sweat (from its use as a sudorific) : 'ab, father, source; see אb in Semitic roots + 'araq, sweat; see ʿrq in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French borage (compare French bourrache), from Medieval Latin borrago, either from Latin borra ("short wool, rough hair") or Arabic الأب من العرق ("abu arak, lit. father of sweat"). (Wiktionary)