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borage

[bawr-ij, bor-, bur-] /ˈbɔr ɪdʒ, ˈbɒr-, ˈbɜr-/
noun
1.
a plant, Borago officinalis, native to southern Europe, having hairy leaves and stems, used medicinally and in salads.
Compare borage family.
2.
any of various allied or similar plants.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English burage < Anglo-French borage, bo(u)-rache, Middle French bourage < Vulgar Latin *burrāgō (Late Latin burra hair stuffing + -gō noun suffix)
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borage

/ˈbɒrɪdʒ; ˈbʌrɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a European boraginaceous plant, Borago officinalis, with star-shaped blue flowers. The young leaves have a cucumber-like flavour and are sometimes used in salads or as seasoning
2.
any of several related plants
Word Origin
C13: from Old French bourage, perhaps from Arabic abū `āraq literally: father of sweat, from its use as a diaphoretic
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Word Origin and History for borage
n.

flowering plant used in salads, mid-13c., from Anglo-French, Old French borage (13c., Modern French bourrache), from Medieval Latin borrago. Klein says this is ultimately from Arabic abu arak, literally "the father of sweat," so called by Arab physicians for its effect on humans. But OED says it's from Latin borra "rough hair, short wool," in reference to the texture of the foliage.

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