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



BrE BrE//ˈrəʊzməri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈroʊzmeri//
[uncountable] Herbs and spices
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a bush with small narrow leaves that smell sweet and are used in cooking as a herb See related entries: Herbs and spices Word OriginMiddle English rosmarine, based on Latin ros marinus, from ros ‘dew’ + marinus ‘of the sea’. The spelling change was due to association with rose and Mary, mother of Jesus.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rosemary