Definition of Common basil
1. Noun. 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.
Terms within: Basil, Sweet Basil
Generic synonyms: Basil
Lexicographical Neighbors of Common Basil
Literary usage of Common basil
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia, Commercial, Industrial by Edward Balfour (1873)
"M. common basil, has many varieties, differing in their size, in the form and colour of their leaves, and in minor particulars : in their Dualities they ..."
2. A French-English Dictionary for Chemists by Austin McDowell Patterson (1921)
"air, open air. — autel, fire bridge (in a reverberatory furnace). — basilic, (Bot.) common basil, sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum). ..."
3. The Apostolic Fathers: A Revised Text with Introductions, Notes by Clement, Ignatius, Polycarp, Joseph Barber Lightfoot (1889)
"... Church ' These six homilies were evidently (besides their several commemorations) delivered on Jan. i, for they appear be- commemorates in common Basil, ..."
4. A Student's Text-book of Botany by Sydney Howard Vines (1896)
"Various species of Calamintha (stamens not divergent) are common, such as C'. urt'ensis, the common basil, and C. Clinopodium, the Wild BasiL ..."