Definition of basil noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbæzl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæzl//
, also NAmE//ˈbeɪzl//
[uncountable] Herbs and spices
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a plant with shiny green leaves that smell sweet and are used in cooking as a herb See related entries: Herbs and spices Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French basile, via medieval Latin from Greek basilikon, neuter of basilikos ‘royal’, from basileus ‘king’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: basil