from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Mediterranean perennial plant (Levisticum officinale) having edible leaves and leafstalks and small, aromatic, seedlike fruit used as seasoning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A perennial Mediterranean herb, Levisticum officinale, with odor and flavor resembling celery.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An umbelliferous plant (Levisticum officinale), sometimes used in medicine as an aromatic stimulant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The umbelliferous plant Levisticum officinale, a native of the mountains of central Europe, cultivated in old gardens. This is the lovage of the older books. It is sometimes distinguished as Italian or garden lovage.
- n. Another plant of the same family, Ligusticum Scoticum, often called Scotch lovage. The name extends also to other species of the genus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. herb native to southern Europe; cultivated for its edible stalks and foliage and seeds
- n. stalks eaten like celery or candied like angelica; seeds used for flavoring or pickled like capers
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman luvesche, from Old English lufestice, from Medieval Latin levistica, from Late Latin levisticum, alteration of Latin ligusticum, from neuter of Ligusticus, Ligurian, from Ligurēs, the Ligurians.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman luvache, loveche et al., and Middle French levesche, from Late Latin levisticum, probably alteration of Latin ligusticum, from Ligusticus ("Ligurian"), ultimately from Ancient Greek Λίγυς. (Wiktionary)