Oregano (US: / -/,, UK: //; Origanum vulgare) is a flowering plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae). It was native in the Mediterranean region, but later became native in Europe, southeast Asia, Himalaya, China, Taiwan, and northeast America too.
Oregano is a perennial herb, growing from 20–80 cm (8–31 in) tall, with opposite leaves1–4 cm (1⁄2–1+1⁄2 in) long. The flowers are purple,3–4 mm (1⁄8–3⁄16 in) long, produced in erect spikes. It is sometimes called wild marjoram, and its close relative, O. majorana, is known as sweet marjoram.
From Spanish orégano (“wild marjoram”), from Latin orīganum, from Ancient Greek ὀρίγανον (oríganon). Doublet of origanum.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɒɹɪˈɡɑːnəʊ/, /əˈɹɛɡənoʊ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ɔˈɹɛɡənoʊ/, /əˈɹɛɡənoʊ/
oregano (usually uncountable, plural oreganos)
- A herb of the mint family, Origanum vulgare, having aromatic leaves.