summer savory

See under savory2.

1565–75 Unabridged


2 [sey-vuh-ree]
noun, plural savories.
any of several aromatic herbs belonging to the genus Satureja, of the mint family, especially S. hortensis (summer savory) or S. montana (winter savory) having narrow leaves used in cookery.

1350–1400; Middle English saverey, perhaps for Old English sætherie < Latin saturēia (whence also Old English saturege, Middle English satureie) Unabridged
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savory (ˈseɪvərɪ)
n , pl -vories
1.  any of numerous aromatic plants of the genus Satureja, esp S. montana (winter savory) and S. hortensis (summer savory), of the Mediterranean region, having narrow leaves and white, pink, or purple flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
2.  the leaves of any of these plants, used as a potherb
[C14: probably from Old English sætherie, from Latin saturēia, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

"pleasing in taste or smell," early 13c., from O.Fr. savoure (Fr. savoré), pp. of savourer "to taste" (see savor).

"aromatic mint," late 14c., perhaps an alteration of O.E. sæþerie, which is ultimately from L. satureia "savory (n.)." But early history of the word suggests transmission via O.Fr. savereie. In either case, the form of the word probably altered by influence of the M.E. or O.Fr. form of
savory (adj.).
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Example sentences
Home-made pork sausages, well flavored with sage and summer savory were much more delicious than any obtainable now.
The tavern kitchen is a dark but cheerful paneled room, its rafters hung with bunches of dried thyme, summer savory and wormwood.
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