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Meaning of BASIL

Pronunciation:  'bazul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  leaves or the common basil; used fresh or dried
  2. [n]  any of several Old World tropical aromatic annual or perennial herbs of the genus Ocimum

BASIL is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: sweet basil
 See Also: common basil, common basil, genus Ocimum, herb, herb, herbaceous plant, Ocimum, Ocimum basilicum, Ocimum basilicum, sweet basil



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bas"il\, n. [Cf. F. basile and E. {Bezel}.]
    The slope or angle to which the cutting edge of a tool, as a
    plane, is ground. --Grier.
  2. \Bas"il\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Basiled} (?); p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Basiling}.]
    To grind or form the edge of to an angle. --Moxon.
  3. \Bas"il\, n. [F. basilic, fr. L. badilicus royal, Gr. ?,
    fr. ? king.] (Bot.)
    The name given to several aromatic herbs of the Mint family,
    but chiefly to the common or sweet basil ({Ocymum
    basilicum}), and the bush basil, or lesser basil ({O.
    minimum}), the leaves of which are used in cookery. The name
    is also given to several kinds of mountain mint
    {Basil thyme}, a name given to the fragrant herbs {Calamintha
       Acinos} and {C. Nepeta}.
    {Wild basil}, a plant ({Calamintha clinopodium}) of the Mint
  4. \Bas"il\, n. [Corrupt. from E. basan, F. basane, LL.
    basanium, bazana, fr. Ar. bith[=a]na, prop., lining.]
    The skin of a sheep tanned with bark.