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

  • n. See basil.

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  • n. an herb used for seasoning (Ocimum basilicum)

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  • n. annual or perennial of tropical Asia having spikes of small white flowers and aromatic leaves; one of the most important culinary herbs; used in salads, casseroles, sauces and some liqueurs
  • n. leaves of the common basil; used fresh or dried


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  • A pasta called tagliarini, he said, with anchovies, tomato, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper from the cupboard, sweet basil and parsley from the garden, and Romano cheese from a hole in the ground.

    The Black Mountain

  • So I chose a girl fair of face and perfect in shape, with eyes Kohl-edged by nature’s hand; 289 hair long and jet black with slightly parted teeth290 and joining brows: ‘twas as if she were some limber graceful branchlet or the slender stalk of sweet basil to amaze and to bewilder man’s fancy, even as the poet said of such an one —

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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