1. [syn: rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis]
2. extremely pungent leaves used fresh or dried as seasoning for especially meats;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rosemary \Rose"ma*ry\, n. [OE. rosmarine, L. rosmarinus; ros dew
(cf. Russ. rosa, Lith. rasa, Skr. rasa juice) + marinus
marine: cf. F. romarin. In English the word has been changed
as if it meant the rose of Mary. See Marine.]
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.
There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. --Shak.
(a) A little shrub (Andromeda polifolia) growing in cold
swamps and having leaves like those of the rosemary.
(b) See under Marsh.
Rosemary pine, the loblolly pine. See under Loblolly.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: widely cultivated for its fragrant grey-green leaves used
in cooking and in perfumery [syn: rosemary, Rosmarinus
2: extremely pungent leaves used fresh or dried as seasoning for