rose mary


[rohz-mair-ee, -muh-ree]
noun, plural rosemaries.
an evergreen shrub, Rosmarinus officinalis, of the mint family, native to the Mediterranean region, having leathery, narrow leaves and pale-blue, bell-shaped flowers, used as a seasoning and in perfumery and medicine: a traditional symbol of remembrance.

1400–50; late Middle English rose mary (by folk etymology, influenced by rose1 and the name Mary) < Latin rōs dew + marīnus marine, or rōs maris dew of the sea (in E the final -s mistaken for plural sign) Unabridged


[rohz-mair-ee, -muh-ree]
a female given name. Unabridged
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rosemary (ˈrəʊzmərɪ)
n , pl -maries
an aromatic European shrub, Rosmarinus officinalis, widely cultivated for its grey-green evergreen leaves, which are used in cookery for flavouring and yield a fragrant oil used in the manufacture of perfumes: family Lamiaceae (labiates). It is the traditional flower of remembrance
[C15: earlier rosmarine, from Latin rōs dew + marīnus marine; modern form influenced by folk etymology, as if rose1 + Mary]

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Word Origin & History

c.1440, earlier rosmarine (c.1300), from L. rosmarinus, lit. "dew of the sea" (cf. Fr. romarin), from ros "dew" + marinus (see marine). Perhaps so called because it grew near coasts. Form altered in Eng. by influence of rose and Mary. L. ros is from PIE *ras-/*eras- "to
flow, wet, moisten" (cf. Lith. rasa, O.C.S. rosa "dew," Skt. rasah "sap, juice, fluid, essence," Hitt. arszi "flows," and perhaps also Rha, Scythian name of the River Volga (see rhubarb)).
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