oregano

[uh-reg-uh-noh, aw-reg]
noun
an aromatic herb, Origanum vulgare, of the mint family, having leaves used as seasoning in cooking.
Also called pot marjoram.
Compare marjoram.


Origin:
1765–75; < American Spanish orégano, Spanish: wild marjoram < Latin orīganum. See origan

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oregano (ˌɒrɪˈɡɑːnəʊ)
 
n
1.  a Mediterranean variety of wild marjoram (Origanum vulgare), with pungent leaves
2.  the dried powdered leaves of this plant, used to season food
 
[C18: American Spanish, from Spanish, from Latin orīganum, from Greek origanon an aromatic herb, perhaps marjoram]

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oregano
1771, from Sp./Sp. Amer. oregano, from L. origanus, origanum, from Gk. oreiganon, from oros "mountain" (see oread) + ganos "brightness, ornament." The older form of the word in Eng. was the L.-derived origanum (c.1265), also origan (c.1420). In Europe, the dried leaves of
wild marjoram; in America, a different, and more pungent, shrub.
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OREGANO definition


["On the Design and Specification of the Programming Language OREGANO", D.M. Berry. UCLA-ENG-7388, 1973].

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