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lovage

[luhv-ij] /ˈlʌv ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a European plant, Levisticum officinale, of the parsley family, having coarsely toothed compound leaves, cultivated in gardens.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English loveache < Anglo-French luvesche (by association with ache celery < Latin apium) < Old English lufestice (by syncope) < Medieval Latin levistica, for Late Latin levisticum, alteration of Latin ligusticum lovage, noun use of neuter of Ligusticus Ligurian
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  • Shoots of lovage were not cut before the root was harvested.
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lovage

/ˈlʌvɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a European umbelliferous plant, Levisticum officinale, with greenish-white flowers and aromatic fruits, which are used for flavouring food
2.
Scotch lovage, a similar and related plant, Ligusticum scoticum, of N Europe
Word Origin
C14 loveache, from Old French luvesche, from Late Latin levisticum, from Latin ligusticum, literally: Ligurian (plant)
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