[bawr-ij, bor-, bur-] /ˈbɔr ɪdʒ, ˈbɒr-, ˈbɜr-/
a plant, Borago officinalis, native to southern Europe, having hairy leaves and stems, used medicinally and in salads.
Compare borage family.
any of various allied or similar plants.
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)
Example Sentences for borage
Chilled vichyssoise decorated with bright blue borage flowers.
Research on swathing time of borage will start with the physiological maturity of the seeds.
British Dictionary definitions for borage
borage (ˈbɒrɪdʒ, ˈbʌrɪdʒ)
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
[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
flowering plant used in salads, mid-13c., from Anglo-Norm., from O.Fr. borage (13c., Mod.Fr. bourrache), from M.L. borrago. Klein says this is ultimately from Arabic abu drak, lit. "the father of sweat," so called by Arab physicians for its effect on humans. But OED says it's from L. borra "rough hair, short wool," in reference to the texture of the foliage.
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