bouquet garni

[boh-key gahr-nee, boo-; French boo-ke gar-nee]
noun, plural bouquets garnis [boh-keyz gahr-nee, boo-; French boo-ke gar-nee] .
a small bundle of herbs, as thyme, parsley, bay leaf, and the like, often tied in a cheesecloth bag and used for flavoring soups, stews, etc.

Origin:
1850–55; < French; see bouquet, garnish

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bouquet garni (ˈbuːkeɪ ɡɑːˈniː)
 
n , pl bouquets garnis
a bunch of herbs tied together and used for flavouring soups, stews, etc
 
[C19: from French, literally: garnished bouquet]

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bouquet garni

bundle or faggot of herbs that is added to a soup, stew, sauce, or poaching liquid to give flavour. It is removed before the dish is served. The classic bouquet garni consists of sprigs of parsley and thyme and a bay leaf, tied together if fresh or wrapped in cheesecloth if dried. Celery, garlic, fennel, orange peel, and marjoram are common additions

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Example sentences
The rich flavor comes from the bouquet garni, a fragrant herb mixture wrapped in cheesecloth.
Bring to a boil and skim off any foam, then add the halved onion, the crushed garlic cloves and the bouquet garni.
Stir in the lentils, water and bouquet garni, and bring to a boil.
Remove the ham hocks, the vegetables and the bouquet garni.
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