• WordNet 3.6
    • n origanum any of various fragrant aromatic herbs of the genus Origanum used as seasonings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. n Origanum (Bot) A genus of aromatic labiate plants, including the sweet marjoram (Origanum Marjorana) and the wild marjoram (Origanum vulgare).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n origanum A genus of labiate plants of the tribe Satureineæ and the subtribe Menthoideæ, known by the usually two-flowered clusters crowded in heads with conspicuous involucrate bracts. There are about 30 species, mainly of the Mediterranean region. They are shrubby or herbaceous perennials, with small undivided leaves, and globose or cylindrical heads of flowers with their bracts often enlarged and colored. O. vulgare, the wild marjoram, is gently tonic, diaphoretic, and emmenagogic, but at present little used. See marjoram, also dittany, 3, and hop-marjoram.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. origanum, Gr. , , prob. fr. 'o`ros, mountain + brightness, beauty. Cf. Organy


In literature:

Take croton oil, aqua ammonia, f.f.f; oil of cajuput, oil of origanum, in equal parts.
"The Arabian Art of Taming and Training Wild and Vicious Horses" by P. R. Kincaid
A little Origanum doth well with it.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
Oil of origanum, one drachm, apothecaries' measure.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
For twenty years the distillation of origanum oil has been made under Government control.
"Notes on Agriculture in Cyprus and Its Products" by William Bevan
It is extracted from Origanum oil by means of a 10% potash solution.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various

In news:

View full size Courtesy of Skagit Gardens Origanum 'Amethyst Falls' is a new ornamental oregano that I'm ga-ga over.