Marjoram

Bouquet of fresh picked green organic marjoram

Origanum majorana

Synonyms:
Mo Jiao Lan
Marjoram (Wikipedia)

Marjoram
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Closeup photograph of leaves and a flower head with white flowers
Flowers
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Asterids
Order:Lamiales
Family:Lamiaceae
Genus:Origanum
Species:
O. majorana
Binomial name
Origanum majorana
Synonyms
  • Majorana hortensis Moench
Growing tip with flower buds
Dried marjoram herb for flavoring

Marjoram (/ˈmɑːrərəm/; Origanum majorana) is a cold-sensitive perennial herb or undershrub with sweet pine and citrus flavours. In some Middle Eastern countries, marjoram is synonymous with oregano, and there the names sweet marjoram and knotted marjoram are used to distinguish it from other plants of the genus Origanum. It is also called pot marjoram, although this name is also used for other cultivated species of Origanum.

Marjoram (Wiktionary)

English

Alternative forms

  • marjorum (obsolete)

Etymology

From Old French majorane, from Medieval Latin maiōrana, q.v.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmɑːd͡ʒ(ə)ɹəm/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈmɑɹd͡ʒəɹəm/

Noun

marjoram (countable and uncountable, plural marjorams)

  1. A herb of the mint family, Origanum majorana, having aromatic leaves.
    • 1592-1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet XCIX
      The lily I condemned for thy hand, / And buds of marjoram had stol'n thy hair
  2. The leaves of this plant used
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