rosemary


rosemary

rosemary [rohz-mair-ee, -muh-ree] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural rose·mar·ies.

  1. an evergreen shrub, Rosmarinus officinalis, of the mint family, native to the Mediterranean region, having leathery, narrow leaves and pale-blue, bell-shaped flowers, used as a seasoning and in perfumery and medicine: a traditional symbol of remembrance.

Origin of rosemary 1400–50; late Middle English rose mary (by folk etymology, influenced by rose1 and the name Mary) Latin rōs dew + marīnus marine, or rōs maris dew of the sea (in E the final -s mistaken for plural sign) Rosemary [rohz-mair-ee, -muh-ree] noun

  1. a female given name.

Examples from the Web for rosemary Contemporary Examples of rosemary

  • After Rosemary offers me some tea, I sit down on the couch with Downey Sr. to discuss his astonishing life, and career.

    The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby

    Marlow Stern

    November 26, 2014

  • Today all of “these girls are living their lives in dignity, using needles and sewing machines,” said Sister Rosemary.

    Live from San Antonio: Women in the World Texas!

    Women in the World

    October 23, 2014

  • Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe is a nun of the Sacred Heart who rescues young girls from sexual slavery and rebel attacks in Uganda.

    Live from San Antonio: Women in the World Texas!

    Women in the World

    October 23, 2014

  • In April 2013, Travis County’s District Attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg was arrested for and pleaded guilty to driving while drunk.

    Peak ‘Oops’: Explaining the Perry Indictment

    Mark McKinnon

    August 17, 2014

  • He seems undaunted at tackling a number previously vocalized by the likes of Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, and Sammy Davis Jr.

    Is Nick Ziobro the Next Frank Sinatra?

    Steve North

    July 19, 2014

  • Historical Examples of rosemary

  • What Ophelia said was: ‘There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.

    Storyology

    Benjamin Taylor

  • In the South of Europe the rosemary has long had magic properties ascribed to it.

    Storyology

    Benjamin Taylor

  • For love-potions, decoctions of rosemary were much employed.

    Storyology

    Benjamin Taylor

  • As a love-charm the reputation of rosemary seems to have come from the South.

    Storyology

    Benjamin Taylor

  • It is as an emblem of remembrance that rosemary is most frequently used by the old poets.

    Storyology

    Benjamin Taylor

  • British Dictionary definitions for rosemary rosemary noun plural -maries

    1. an aromatic European shrub, Rosmarinus officinalis, widely cultivated for its grey-green evergreen leaves, which are used in cookery for flavouring and yield a fragrant oil used in the manufacture of perfumes: family Lamiaceae (labiates). It is the traditional flower of remembrance

    Word Origin for rosemary C15: earlier rosmarine, from Latin rōs dew + marīnus marine; modern form influenced by folk etymology, as if rose 1 + Mary Word Origin and History for rosemary n.

    late 14c., earlier rosmarine (c.1300), from Latin rosmarinus, literally “dew of the sea” (cf. French romarin), from ros “dew” + marinus (see marine (adj.)). Perhaps so called because it grew near coasts. Form altered in English by influence of rose and Mary.

    Latin ros is from PIE *ers- “to be wet” (cf. Lithuanian rasa, Old Church Slavonic rosa “dew,” Sanskrit rasah “sap, juice, fluid, essence,” Hittite arszi “flows,” and perhaps also Rha, Scythian name of the River Volga (see rhubarb)).

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