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marjoram or sweet marjoram (mär´jərəm), Old World perennial aromatic herb (Marjorana hortensis) of the family Labiatae (mint family), cultivated in gardens for flavoring. The tops yield origanum oil, once used medicinally but more recently for perfuming soaps. The closely related European pot, or wild, marjoram (Origanum vulgare) has similar uses and is the spice usually sold as oregano, although other species may be called oregano. The generic names Marjorana and Origanum are frequently interchanged. Marjoram is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Lamiales, family Labiatae.

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mar·jo·ram / ˈmärjərəm/ • n. (also sweet marjoram) a southern European plant (Origanum majorana) of the mint family, used as a culinary herb. ∎  (also wild marjoram) another term for oregano.

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marjoram Dried leaves of a number of aromatic plants of different species, used as seasoning for poultry, meats, and cheese dishes; perennial Origanum majorana, annual sweet marjoram Majorana hortensis; Spanish wild marjoram is Thymus mastichina.

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marjoram Perennial herb of the mint family (Lamiaceae / Labiatae) c.60cm (24in) tall with purplish flowers. It is native to the Mediterranean region and w Asia, and cultivated as an annual in northern climates. Species Origanum vulgare.

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marjoram XIV. ME. majorane, mageram — OF. majorane (mod. marjolaine) — medL. majorana.

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