[tahym; spelling pronunciation thahym]
any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Thymus, of the mint family, including the common garden herb T. vulgaris, a low subshrub having narrow, aromatic leaves used for seasoning.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin thymum < Greek thýmon

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thyme (taɪm)
any of various small shrubs of the temperate genus Thymus, having a strong mintlike odour, small leaves, and white, pink, or red flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
[C14: from Old French thym, from Latin thymum, from Greek thumon, from thuein to make a burnt offering]

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Word Origin & History

plant of the mint family, late 14c., from O.Fr. thym, tym (13c.), from L. thymum, from Gk. thymon, possibly from thyein "burn as a sacrifice," which would indicate the plant was used as incense.
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Example sentences
Add thin slices of your favorite peeled crisp apple, plus a few sprigs of fresh thyme, and mix everything together.
Thyme retains its flavour on drying better than many other herbs.
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