/kost"mair'ee, kawst"-/, n., pl. costmaries.
a composite plant, Chrysanthemum balsamita, that has silvery, fragrant leaves and is used in salads and as a flavoring. Also called mint geranium.
[1325-75; ME costmarie, equiv. to cost (OE cost costmary < L costum, costus a composite herb, Saussurea lappa < Gk kóstos) + Marie (the Virgin) Mary]

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also called  bible leaf, or ale cost 

      (Tanacetum balsamita), aromatic herb of the aster family (Asteracae) with yellow, button-shaped flowers. Its bitter, slightly lemony leaves may be used fresh in salads and fresh or dried as a flavouring, particularly for meats, poultry, and English ale. The dried leaves are also used as a tea and in potpourri.

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  • Costmary — Cost ma*ry (k?st m? r?), n. [L. costum an Oriental aromatic plant (Gr. ???, cf. Ar. kost, kust) + Maria Mary. Cf. {Alecost}.] (Bot.) A garden plant ({Chrysanthemum Balsamita}) having a strong balsamic smell, and nearly allied to tansy. It is used …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • costmary — [käst′mer΄ē, kôst′mer΄ē] n. [ME costmarye < cost (< OE < L costum < Gr kostos, name of an aromatic plant) + Marie, (St.) Mary] an herb (Chrysanthemum balsamita) of the composite family, with many small flower heads, having sweet… …   English World dictionary

  • costmary — noun (plural maries) Etymology: Middle English costmarie, from coste costmary (from Old English cost, from Latin costum, from Greek kostos, a fragrant root) + Marie the Virgin Mary Date: 14th century an aromatic composite Eurasian herb… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • costmary — cost•mar•y [[t]ˈkɒstˌmɛər i, ˈkɔst [/t]] n. pl. mar•ies pln a composite plant, Chrysanthemum balsamita, that has silvery, fragrant leaves and is used in salads and as a flavoring • Etymology: 1325–75; ME costmarie=cost (OE cost costmary < L… …   From formal English to slang

  • costmary — balzaminė bitkrėslė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Astrinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, prieskoninis augalas (Tanacetum balsamita), paplitęs Azerbaidžane, Irake. Iš jo gaminami maisto priedai (kvėpikliai). atitikmenys: lot. Balsamita major;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • costmary — balzaminis skaistenis statusas T sritis augalininkystė apibrėžtis Daugiametis, žolinis, prieskoninis, vaistinis, dekoratyvus astrinių (Asteraceae) šeimos augalas. Lapai prieskonių žaliavai pjaunami prieš žiedynkočių formavimąsi, yra labai kvapūs …   Žemės ūkio augalų selekcijos ir sėklininkystės terminų žodynas

  • costmary — noun An aromatic plant, of the genus Balsamita, once used to flavour ale (prior to the use of hops) …   Wiktionary

  • costmary — [ kɒstmɛ:ri] noun (plural costmaries) an aromatic plant of the daisy family, formerly used in medicine and for flavouring ale prior to the use of hops. [Balsamita major.] Origin ME: from obs. cost (via L. from Gk kostos, via Arab. from Sanskrit… …   English new terms dictionary

  • Costmary — an herb; alecost is another name for it …   Medieval glossary

  • costmary — cost·mary …   English syllables

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