sweet basil

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sweet basil leaves of the common basil; used fresh or dried
    • n sweet basil annual or perennial of tropical Asia having spikes of small white flowers and aromatic leaves; one of the most important culinary herbs; used in salads, casseroles, sauces and some liqueurs
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sweet basil is an Indian annual long cultivated in Europe for seasoning purposes
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. basile—L. basilisca—Gr. basilikon, royal.

Usage

In literature:

Ingredients: Ham, Musca or sweet port, vinegar, basil spice.
"The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:" by Mrs. W. G. Waters
In the same family we have the sage and the sweet or common basil, also giving up their essential oils on distillation.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 643, April 28, 1888" by Various
The Bush Basils are small, low-growing, branching plants; and are propagated and cultivated like the Common Sweet Basil.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
In Greece and Italy, the sweet basil has a reputation for magical properties analogous to those of the cowry.
"The Evolution of the Dragon" by G. Elliot Smith
Basil: "His words were thunder, and his life lightning," and his memory "a fragrant sweet-smelling odour, blown abroad .
"Lynton and Lynmouth" by John Presland
In so doing she upset one of the pots of sweet basil, which fell into the street and was broken to pieces.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847" by Various
She left that flower-pot of sweet-basil on the table.
"Solomon Crow's Christmas Pockets and Other Tales" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
Take when in their prime, thyme, sweet marjoram, sweet basil, and summer savory.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
Before the door of the last cell are a few potsherds in which sweet basil plants are withering from thirst.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
In its center played a fountain, which was adorned with flower-pots containing roses, pinks, sweet-basil, and other flowers.
"Pepita Ximenez" by Juan Valera
All the ground would be carpeted with Thyme and Basil and others of the dwarfer sweet-herbs.
"Wood and Garden" by Gertrude Jekyll
The youngsters started out, raising high great bunches of sweet basil.
"The Cabin" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
By my side I found a bouquet of carnations and sweet basil, the flowers of love.
"Roumanian Stories" by Various
Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, and Sweet Marjoram have all been celebrated in verse.
"A Garden with House Attached" by Sarah Warner Brooks
Then fill the opening with minced sweet herbs, sweet basil, and sweet marjoram, laid in loosely and lightly.
"Miss Leslie's New Cookery Book" by Eliza Leslie
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In news:

Sweet basil plants were yellowing, and brown spores appeared on the underside of the herb's leaves.
Quarter cup thinly sliced fresh sweet basil.
This sangria uses sweet strawberries, tart lemon, and a bit of basil for a perfect combination of fresh summer flavors.
Whole fried striped bass is sweet with a rich chile basil marinade.
2 bunches green sweet basil.
Sweet Basil Burrito with tofu at Northstar.
Sweet Basil Deli & Catering Co. Search in site.
Vail's Sweet Basil unveils first cookbook.
Sweet Basil Burrito with tofu at Northstar.
Add sweet basil and oregano.
We gladly sampled Brian's offerings, and were entertained by a cheery chorus of crab, lobster claw, mango and spicy remoulade, topped with basil microgreens, all synchronized sweetly with the delightfully multilayered 2010 SLH chardonnay.
Sweet Basil Burrito with tofu at Northstar .
1 bottle dry sweet basil.
And sweet shrimp crudo with spicy basil, citrus, sharp raw garlic and tiny cubes of watermelon, as close to a Sicilian ceviche as you're likely to get.
Sweet Basil Cafe serves this Molokai pork wrap ($9), with kalua pork, rice, lettuce, tomato and cheese, on its lunch menu.
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