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.

Exact synonyms: Ocimum Basilicum, Sweet Basil
Terms within: Basil, Sweet Basil
Generic synonyms: Basil

Lexicographical Neighbors of Common Basil

common antilog
common antilogarithm
common apricot
common area
common areas
common arrowhead
common ash
common ashes
common ax
common axe
common baldness
common bamboo
common barberry
common barley
common basal vein
common basil (current term)
common bean
common bean plant
common beans
common bearberry
common beech
common beet
common bile duct
common bile duct calculi
common bile duct diseases
common bile duct neoplasms
common birch
common bird cherry
common blackfish
common blue

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 ..."

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