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[mahr-jer-uh m] /ˈmɑr dʒər əm/
any of several aromatic herbs belonging to the genus Origanum, of the mint family, especially O. majorana (sweet marjoram) having leaves used as seasoning in cooking.
Compare oregano.
Origin of marjoram
1350-1400; Middle English majorane < Medieval Latin majorana, variant of majoraca, alteration of Latin amāracus < Greek amā́rakos marjoram Unabridged
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Also called sweet marjoram. an aromatic Mediterranean plant, Origanum (or Marjorana) hortensis, with small pale purple flowers and sweet-scented leaves, used for seasoning food and in salads: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
Also called wild marjoram, pot marjoram, origan. a similar and related European plant, Origanum vulgare See also oregano, origanum
Word Origin
C14: via Old French majorane, from Medieval Latin marjorana
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Word Origin and History for marjoram

late 14c., from Old French majorane (13c., Modern French marjolaine), from Medieval Latin maiorana, of uncertain origin, probably ultimately from India (cf. Sanskrit maruva- "marjoram"), with form influenced by Latin major "greater."

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