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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A perennial Eurasian herb (Origanum vulgare) of the mint family, having aromatic leaves.
  • n. The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A herb of the mint family, Origanum vulgare, having aromatic leaves.
  • n. The leaves of this plant used in flavouring food.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Spanish-American countries, a common name of a number of aromatic plants belonging chiefly to the Verbenaceæ and to the mint family. In Mexico the principal ones are Lippia Palmeri, of the west coast; L. Berlandieri, of the warmer regions of the interior; and Poliomintha longiflora, of the vicinity of Saltillo: all of which are used in the same manner as sage and thyme in seasoning sausages and other articles of food.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pungent leaves used as seasoning with meats and fowl and in stews and soups and omelets
  • n. aromatic Eurasian perennial

Etymologies

Spanish orégano, wild marjoram, from Latin orīganum, from Greek orīganon, probably of North African origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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