Definition of Ocimum basilicum
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.
Lexicographical Neighbors of Ocimum Basilicum
Literary usage of Ocimum basilicum
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Select extra-tropical plants readily eligible for industrial culture or by Ferdinand Jacob H. Mueller (1880)
"ocimum basilicum, Linne. . The Basil. Warmer parts of Asia and Africa. An annual herb, valuable for condiments and perfumery. Several varieties exist ..."
2. Pamphlets on Forestry in the Philippine Islands (1903)
"Family LABIATAE Genus OCIMUM ocimum basilicum L. ... When the herb ocimum basilicum is distilled it yields sweet * Watt, G., Dictionary of the economic ..."
3. Our Garden Flowers: A Popular Study of Their Native Lands, Their Life by Harriet Louise Keeler (1910)
"ocimum basilicum Sweet Basil was formerly used as we use Mignonette, to give a pleasant fragrance to a bouquet; also to flavor soups and occasionally salads ..."