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 vulgareSee also oregano, origanum
C14: via Old French majorane, from Medieval Latin marjorana
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."