lovage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lovage stalks eaten like celery or candied like angelica; seeds used for flavoring or pickled like capers
    • n lovage herb native to southern Europe; cultivated for its edible stalks and foliage and seeds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lovage (Bot) An umbelliferous plant (Levisticum officinale), sometimes used in medicine as an aromatic stimulant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lovage The umbelliferous plant Levisticum officinale, a native of the mountains of central Europe, cultivated in old gardens. This is the lovage of the older books. It is sometimes distinguished as Italian or garden lovage.
    • n lovage Another plant of the same family, Ligusticum Scoticum, often called Scotch lovage. The name extends also to other species of the genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lovage luv′āj a genus of plants of the natural order Umbelliferæ, allied to Angelica, used as a salad plant: a liquor made from the above.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. livèche, fr. L. levisticum, ligusticum, a plant indigenous to Liguria, lovage, from Ligusticus, Ligustine, Ligurian, Liguria, a country of Cisalpine Gaul
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. luvesche—L. ligusticum, belonging to Liguria.

Usage

In literature:

It was a long closet with a strong odour of lovage.
"The Wind in the Rose-bush and Other Stories of the Supernatural" by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman
Take the juice of smallage or lovage, and mix with any kind of bait.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
Lovage is a hardy, perennial plant, with a hollow, channelled, branching stem six or seven feet high.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Nondo, lovage Wh., aromatic Rich woods; Virginia.
"Harper's Young People, July 13, 1880" by Various
PEPPER, LOVAGE, CORIANDER, RUE, BROTH, HONEY AND A LITTLE OIL.
"Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius
The Highlanders have the same opinion of the virtues of Lovage.
"A Garden with House Attached" by Sarah Warner Brooks
They brought a dishevelled and sleepy doctor, with a strong smell of lovage vodka.
"The Diary of a Superfluous Man and Other Stories" by Iván Turgénieff
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In news:

Madison Theatre Guild illustrated this point at Friday's opening-night performance of Lettice and Lovage, a comedy by English playwright Peter Shaffer, the creator of Equus and Amadeus.
Sir Peter Shaffer's Lettice & Lovage requires two extremely talented actresses to be successful.
Madison Theatre Guild illustrated this point at Friday's opening-night performance of Lettice and Lovage , a comedy by English playwright Peter Shaffer, the creator of Equus and Amadeus.
Years ago, I took a lesson home from a London stageplay, Lettice and Lovage, that featured a sanguine Maggie Smith in the role of a bored tour guide at a British Stately Home.
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