• WordNet 3.6
    • adj savory pleasing to the sense of taste
    • adj savory morally wholesome or acceptable "a past that was scarcely savory"
    • adj savory having an agreeably pungent taste
    • n savory an aromatic or spicy dish served at the end of dinner or as an hors d'oeuvre
    • n savory either of two aromatic herbs of the mint family
    • n savory dwarf aromatic shrub of Mediterranean regions
    • n savory any of several aromatic herbs or subshrubs of the genus Satureja having spikes of flowers attractive to bees
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Savory (Bot) An aromatic labiate plant (Satureia hortensis), much used in cooking; -- also called summer savory.
    • a Savory Pleasing to the organs of taste or smell. "The chewing flocks
      Had ta'en their supper on the savory herb."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • savory Having a flavor.
    • savory Having savor or relish; pleasing to the organs of taste or smell (especially the former); appetizing; palatable; hence, agreeable in general: as, savory dishes; a savory odor.
    • savory Morally pleasing; morally or religiously edifying.
    • savory In good repute; honored; respected.
    • n savory A plant of the genus Satureia, chiefly S. hortensis, the summer savory, and S. montana, the winter savory, both natives of southern Europe. They are low, homely, aromatic herbs, cultivated in gardens for seasoning in cookery. S. Thymbra of the Mediterranean region is a small evergreen bush, with nearly the flavor of thyme.
    • n savory In cookery, a small, highly seasoned entrée, such as a cheese fondant, a tiny salt herring with red pepper, on toast, or deviled eggs: served at the end of a dinner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Savory sā′vor-i a genus of plants of the natural order Labiatæ, nearly allied to thyme. The Common Savory gives an aromatic pungent flavour to viands.
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living, but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. savorée,; cf. It. santoreggia, satureja, L. satureia,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Among the Romans both summer and winter savory were popular 2,000 years ago, not only for flavoring, but as potherbs.
"Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curing and Uses" by M. G. Kains
Savory, Sir Borradaile, Memorials to, 27, 48, 57 (notes).
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Priory Church of St. Bartholomew-the-Great, Smithfield" by George Worley
They were rather smaller, but none the less savory, either to man or brute.
"Adrift in the Wilds" by Edward S. Ellis
The young shoots are used in all the forms of Summer Savory.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Almost immediately two servitors came through the opening, one of them carrying a large bowl of the most savory stew.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Adventures on Strange Islands" by Roger Thompson Finlay
Before long the savory odor of the vegetables and game reached the famished ones, and they begged for some of it.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Conquest of the Savages" by Roger Thompson Finlay
What savory odors were in the air!
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, July 1878, No. 9" by Various
He insists upon preparing their evening meal, and cooks some savory dishes, which he smilingly serves.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
This was after dinner, which had been a savory meal served by a man cook.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
Bears were fatter and better to the palate than the most "savory" pigs in France.
"The Country of the Neutrals" by James H. Coyne

In poetry:

Bread, vinegar, and oil, and meat,
For savory viands season'd high;
But somewhat more important yet--
I tell thee what it cannot buy.
"From Menander " by William Cowper
Let the Christian child go in peace, then;
As for us, we're but trolls, are we.
She'd make such a savory mess, then,
It is hard to let her be.
"The Old Mountain Troll" by Gustaf Froding
Hither our neighbors nimbly fare,—
The boys agog, the maidens snickering;
And savory smells possess the air
As skyward kitchen flames are flickering.
"Horace To Phyllis" by Eugene Field
But she went to work in earnest and the cabin fairly shone,
And her dinners were so savory and so nice
That I felt it was "not good that the man should be alone"--
Even in this lovely land of Paradise.
"The Pioneer" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Without, a garden, neat and clean,
With leeks, and box forever green,
Where sage, rosemary, crimsons grow,
And savory, pot-herbs in a row;
With parsly, not unknown to fame,
Gay garland at the Olympic game.
"The Description of a Cottage" by Samuel Bowden

In news:

Savory flavors fused with beauty.
Umami paste is a quick way to boost the savory flavors of any dish.
Essential Pepin Shorts, Savory Risotto PBS.
Chuck's Restaurant An intensive cross-country quest to develop the best barbeque sauce has culminated in the savory.
New Orleanians may think of Hubig's pies as a local institution, much like the muffuletta or shrimp po-boy, but the truth is Savory Simon's pies started out with a Texas twang.
Orea means beautiful, delicious and savory in Greek.
She was the pleasant woman behind the counter of the corner wine shop eight months ago, helping regulars pick a savory pinot or tasty cabernet for their next dinner party.
Reworked and retooled, our favorite foodie transforms chuck roast and red wine into a tender dish with savory sauce mixed in a tangle of egg noodles.
Tucson News NowSlow Cookers Savory Pot Roast .
This savory soup will warm you upon cold blustery days.
Savory grilled tomatoes are easy to make and surprisingly filling.
Summer Savory favorite in meet's final major.
Bel 50's Waffle Wonders The sweet and savory waffle sandwiches at Bel 50 take the humble breakfast staple to.
A pear crisp with a savory-sweet-spicy aroma .
A pear crisp with a savory-sweet-spicy aroma perfect for fall.

In science:

Unfortunately, this word has rather less savory connotations in modern Greek, translating roughly to “sewage pit”.
Towards a formalism for mapping the spacetimes of massive compact objects: Bumpy black holes and their orbits