Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several aromatic Eurasian herbs or low shrubs of the genus Thymus, especially T. vulgaris, of southern Europe, having small, white to lilac flowers grouped in headlike clusters.
  • n. The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any plant of the labiate genus Thymus, such as the garden thyme, Thymus vulgaris, a warm, pungent aromatic, that is much used to give a relish to seasoning and soups.
  • n. virginity, chastity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any plant of the labiate genus Thymus. The garden thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a warm, pungent aromatic, much used to give a relish to seasoning and soups.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Thymus.
  • n. Same as herb mastic (which see, under herb).

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

  • n. any of various mints of the genus Thymus
  • n. leaves can be used as seasoning for almost any meat and stews and stuffings and vegetables

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French thym, from Latin thymum, from Greek thumon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek θύμον (thumon). (Wiktionary)

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