Definitions

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.

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  • 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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Other herbs and plants there are which retain the names of the countries from whence they were transported, as the Median apples from Media, where they first grew; Punic apples from Punicia, that is to say, Carthage; Ligusticum, which we call lovage, from

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  • Ligusticum, which we call lovage, from Liguria, the coast of Genoa; Rhubarb from a flood in Barbary, as Ammianus attesteth, called Ru; Santonica from a region of that name; Fenugreek from Greece; Gastanes from a country so called; Persicaria from Persia; Sabine from a territory of that appellation; Staechas from the Staechad Islands; Spica Celtica from the land of the Celtic Gauls, and so throughout a great many other, which were tedious to enumerate.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 3

  • “She drank this awful stuff—lovage, which is some sort of herbal diuretic, because she had trouble with … you know… water retention.”

    Dreaming of the Bones

  • The delegates dined on baked Scottish salmon, Welsh lamb, and something called lovage (see the full menu here), all prepared by Naked Chef Jamie Oliver.

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  • And it even applies to the other ingredient in the anti-alcoholism six-pack cocktail; buy "lovage root" and you'll very probably get the usual kind of lovage,

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  • To make up for it I show off my knife skills by finely chopping half a shallot to go into a mortar along with big fat blackberries, leaves of lovage and fresh angelica seeds.

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  • There's pine gin, lemon verbena, lovage gin, "Grandpa Leo's" bergamot vodka and chipotle vodka.

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  • Add 6 ounces roughly-chopped cooked lobster, 1 teaspoon lovage, cut into thin ribbons, and ¼ cup pea tendrils leaves only; if you can't find pea tendrils, thinly sliced young spinach is a fine substitute.

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  • I grow herbs that you cannot count on finding at the supermarket: tarragon, lovage, anise hyssop, lemon balm, lemon verbena.

    Herb Whisperer Amy Pennington

  • Bonus: Poppy has just opened a tiny backyard patio, with a few small tables outdoors by the pretty and practical kitchen garden of flowering sage and borage and young stems of lovage.

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