from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An aromatic evergreen Mediterranean shrub (Rosmarinus officinalis) having light blue or pink flowers and grayish-green leaves that are used in cooking and perfumery.
- n. The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a shrub that originates from Europe and Asia Minor and produces a fragrant herb used in cooking and perfumes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A labiate shrub (Rosmarinus officinalis) with narrow grayish leaves, growing native in the southern part of France, Spain, and Italy, also in Asia Minor and in China. It has a fragrant smell, and a warm, pungent, bitterish taste. It is used in cookery, perfumery, etc., and is an emblem of fidelity or constancy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An evergreen shrub, Rosmarinus officinalis, native in southern Europe, widely cultivated. (See Rosmarinus.)
- n. In Australia, any one of several species of the genus Westringia, belonging to the mint family, especially W. Dampieri, whose resemblance to the rosemary of Europe led Dampier to give its name to Rosemary Island in the Dampier archipelago.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. widely cultivated for its fragrant grey-green leaves used in cooking and in perfumery
- n. extremely pungent leaves used fresh or dried as seasoning for especially meats
Meanwhile, the rosemary is doing just fine now, and the hardier looking specimens have their permanent home, where they're definitely thriving.
I'm happy to report that the rosemary is now making its way tentatively into the light, with seedlings coming up in four of the pots.
Lydia, we'll try the rosemary potato storage method; My rosemary is tiny; I'll buy fresh from the greengrocer until my own is large enough to use for this purpose.
Meanwhile even though rosemary is evil incarnate, the parents were nice enough.
If the rosemary is starting to form new shoots along its length, break these off to make it easier to push the vegetables up the skewers.
When I cut off two branches to use in the bread, the smell was intoxicating; the aroma of freshly picked rosemary is much richer than that of herbs in plastic boxes from the supermarket produce section.
Romero (rosemary) rosamarinus officinales: Sometimes used as a seasoning, but most often as a tea, rosemary is a common home remedy for stomach ulcers and inflamations of the appendix and gall bladder.
A tonic made from rosemary is taken to sharpen the memory.
My rosemary is in a pot and indoors for winter, but hopefully when summer comes it can move outdoors and give me a growth spurt.
Fresh rosemary is is procured from the side garden, and a bunch of fresh oregano from the pot out front.