[rohz-mair-ee, -muh-ree]
noun, plural rosemaries.
an evergreen shrub, Rosmarinus officinalis, of the mint family, native to the Mediterranean region, having leathery, narrow leaves and pale-blue, bell-shaped flowers, used as a seasoning and in perfumery and medicine: a traditional symbol of remembrance.

1400–50; late Middle English rose mary (by folk etymology, influenced by rose1 and the name Mary) < Latin rōs dew + marīnus marine, or rōs maris dew of the sea (in E the final -s mistaken for plural sign) Unabridged


[rohz-mair-ee, -muh-ree]
a female given name. Unabridged
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rosemary (ˈrəʊzmərɪ)
n , pl -maries
an aromatic European shrub, Rosmarinus officinalis, widely cultivated for its grey-green evergreen leaves, which are used in cookery for flavouring and yield a fragrant oil used in the manufacture of perfumes: family Lamiaceae (labiates). It is the traditional flower of remembrance
[C15: earlier rosmarine, from Latin rōs dew + marīnus marine; modern form influenced by folk etymology, as if rose1 + Mary]

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Word Origin & History

c.1440, earlier rosmarine (c.1300), from L. rosmarinus, lit. "dew of the sea" (cf. Fr. romarin), from ros "dew" + marinus (see marine). Perhaps so called because it grew near coasts. Form altered in Eng. by influence of rose and Mary. L. ros is from PIE *ras-/*eras- "to
flow, wet, moisten" (cf. Lith. rasa, O.C.S. rosa "dew," Skt. rasah "sap, juice, fluid, essence," Hitt. arszi "flows," and perhaps also Rha, Scythian name of the River Volga (see rhubarb)).
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Example sentences for Rosemary
Rosemary king took a liking to belle and offered to pay the school fees.
Rosemary then said they could hold the party at mill cottage.
Rosemary said she would need their permission before the party could go ahead.
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