Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A perennial Mediterranean plant (Origanum majorana) in the mint family, having small, purplish to white flowers and opposite leaves.
  • noun The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant of the genus Origanum, of several species, belonging to the natural order Labiatœ, or mint tribe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of mintlike plants (Origanum) comprising about twenty-five species. The sweet marjoram (Origanum Majorana) is pecularly aromatic and fragrant, and much used in cookery. The wild marjoram of Europe and America is Origanum vulgare, far less fragrant than the other.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A herb of the mint family, Origanum majorana, having aromatic leaves.
  • noun The leaves of this plant used in flavouring food.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun pungent leaves used as seasoning with meats and fowl and in stews and soups and omelets
  • noun aromatic Eurasian perennial

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English majorane, from Old French, from Medieval Latin maiorana.]

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From Old French majorane (cf. French marjolaine, Italian maggiorana, Portuguese manjerona, Spanish mejorana), from Medieval Latin majorana, probably ultimately from Sanskrit. Compare Sanskrit[[Category:Template:+ terms derived from Sanskrit|marjoram]] मरुव ("marjoram"), with influence from Latin major ("greater").

Examples

  • Mejorana (marjoram) origanum onites: Along with thyme, marjoram is the ingredient in the traditional manojo de hirbas de olor - handful of fragrant herbs - mentioned in countless recipes for soups and stews.

    A Culinary Guide to Mexican Herbs: Las Hierbas de Cocina

  • Mejorana (marjoram) origanum onites: Along with thyme, marjoram is the ingredient in the traditional manojo de hirbas de olor - handful of fragrant herbs - mentioned in countless recipes for soups and stews.

    A Culinary Guide to Mexican Herbs: Las Hierbas de Cocina

  • Mejorana (marjoram) origanum onites: Along with thyme, marjoram is the ingredient in the traditional manojo de hirbas de olor - handful of fragrant herbs - mentioned in countless recipes for soups and stews.

    A Culinary Guide to Mexican Herbs: Las Hierbas de Cocina

  • The brats Ive come to love in the United States are dominated by sweet spices such as nutmeg. Im also adding some marjoram, which is common in the Silesia region of Germany, to this recipe, because marjoram is an underused herb and its a favorite of my partner in charcuterie, Brian Polcyn, who taught me the finesse elements of making sausage.

    Ratio

  • At Maizza, peach and nectarine trees groan with ripe fruit; fragrant herbs such as marjoram, rosemary and lemon verbena scent the warm summer air.

    Sniffing Out Local Gems

  • Oh, and the za’atar is from Kalustans and while I can’t remember exactly what’s in it, I do remember that it includes marjoram, which is not listed on the link above.

    paula wolfert’s hummus | smitten kitchen

  • Platters piled with bunches of tarragon, marjoram, mint and basil accompany every meal, as does homemade cheese and just-baked bread.

    Marsha Mehran talks about Pomegranate Soup

  • Ingredients 2 heads garlic, papery outer skin removed and cloves separated 2 sprigs thyme or marjoram 6-7 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling Salt 4 chicken breasts, boneless with skin attached (about 2 pounds) 4 tablespoons mixed herbs (thyme, marjoram, sage) chopped medium-fine 4 small, firm zucchini, wiped clean 1 large sprig basil 1 sprig mint 1 lemon What To Do: 1.

    Grilled Chicken With Garlic Purée and Shaved Zucchini Salad

  • The purple flowers, even when they're nominally pink and growing in the sun, such as wild thyme, restharrow, wild marjoram and pyramidal orchid, bring with them a kind of shadow.

    Country diary: Wenlock Edge

  • And the secret to Nuremburg brats, I found out, is marjoram.

    Maria Rodale: How to Make Organic Bratwurst "Burgers"

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