winter savory

winter savory

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1590–1600 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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