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Bas·il

 (băz′əl, băs′-, bā′zəl, -səl), Saint Known as "the Great." ad 330?-379?
Greek Christian leader who was bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia after ad 370 and a vigorous opponent of Arianism.

bas·il

 (bā′zəl, băz′əl)
n.
1.
a. An aromatic annual herb (Ocimum basilicum) in the mint family, native to Asia and Africa and widely cultivated for its leaves. Also called sweet basil.
b. The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning.
2. Any of various plants in the genus Ocimum, native to warm regions, having aromatic foliage and terminal clusters of small, usually white flowers.

[Middle English, from Old French basile, from Medieval Latin basilicum, from Greek basilikon, from neuter of basilikos, royal; see basilica.]

basil

(ˈbæzəl)
n
1. (Plants) Also called: sweet basil a Eurasian plant, Ocimum basilicum, having spikes of small white flowers and aromatic leaves used as herbs for seasoning: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
2. (Plants) Also called: wild basil a European plant, Satureja vulgaris (or Clinopodium vulgare), with dense clusters of small pink or whitish flowers: family Lamiaceae
[C15: from Old French basile, from Late Latin basilicum, from Greek basilikon, from basilikos royal, from basileus king]

Basil

(ˈbæzəl)
n
(Biography) Saint, called the Great. ?329–379 ad, Greek patriarch: an opponent of Arianism and one of the founders of monasticism. Feast day: Jan 2, June 14, or Jan 1

bas•il

(ˈbæz əl, ˈbæs-, ˈbeɪ zəl, -səl)

n.
any of several aromatic herbs belonging to the genus Ocimum, of the mint family, as O. basilicum (sweet basil), having bright green to purplish green ovate leaves used in cooking.
[1400–50; late Middle English basile < Middle French < Late Latin basilicum < Greek basilikón, neuter of basilikós royal =basil(eús) king + -ikos -ic]

Bas•il

(ˈbæz əl, ˈbæs-, ˈbeɪ zəl, -səl)

n.
Saint ( “the Great” ), A.D. 329?–379, bishop of Caesarea in Asia Minor (brother of Saint Gregory of Nyssa). Also called Basilius.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.basil - any of several Old World tropical aromatic annual or perennial herbs of the genus Ocimumbasil - any of several Old World tropical aromatic annual or perennial herbs of the genus Ocimum
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
common basil, Ocimum basilicum, sweet basil - 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
2.basil - (Roman Catholic Church) the bishop of Caesarea who defended the Roman Catholic Church against the heresies of the 4th centuryBasil - (Roman Catholic Church) the bishop of Caesarea who defended the Roman Catholic Church against the heresies of the 4th century; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-379)
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
3.basil - leaves of the common basilbasil - leaves of the common basil; used fresh or dried
herb - aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities
common basil, Ocimum basilicum, sweet basil - 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
Translations
bazalka
basilikum
BasilikumBasilBasilienkraut
basiilik
basilikaPasi
bosiljak
バジル
바질
basilicumbasilicumblaadjesbasiliekruidbazielkruidkoningskruid
basilika
ใบโหระพา
rau húng quế

basil

[ˈbæzl] Nalbahaca f

basil

[ˈbæzəl] n (= herb) → basilic m

basil

n (Bot) → Basilikum nt, → Basilienkraut nt

basil

[ˈbæzl] nbasilico

basil

رَيْحان bazalka basilikum Basilikum βασιλικός albahaca basilika basilic bosiljak basilico バジル 바질 basilicum basilikum bazylia manjericão базилик basilika ใบโหระพา fesleğen rau húng quế 罗勒属植物

basil

n. albahaca.
References in classic literature ?
For a moment Basil looked angry, and then he began to tease.
You are going to be sent home," Basil said to her, "at the end of the week.
In the centre of the room, clamped to an upright easel, stood the full-length portrait of a young man of extraordinary personal beauty, and in front of it, some little distance away, was sitting the artist himself, Basil Hallward, whose sudden disappearance some years ago caused, at the time, such public excitement and gave rise to so many strange conjectures.
It is your best work, Basil, the best thing you have ever done," said Lord Henry languidly.
said I to a friend of mine who was standing near,(Sir Basil Morley).
Columbine and Ladysmock, Marjoram and Wild Basil, the Cowslip and the Flower-de-luce, the Daffodil and the Clove-Pink bloomed or blossomed in their proper order as the months went by, one flower taking another flower's place, so that there were always beautiful things to look at, and pleasant odours to smell.
The fact that several rough-looking men called during that time and inquired for Captain Basil made me understand that Holmes was working somewhere under one of the numerous disguises and names with which he concealed his own formidable identity.
Hudson opened the door to say that there were three men inquiring for Captain Basil.
The fortifying of the Kremlin, for which la Mosquee (as Napoleon termed the church of Basil the Beatified) was to have been razed to the ground, proved quite useless.
She was reading "Isabella and the Pot of Basil," and her mind was full of the Italian hills and the blue daylight, and the hedges set with little rosettes of red and white roses.
He once called her his basil plant; and when she asked for an explanation, said that basil was a plant which had flourished wonderfully on a murdered man's brains.
One of these, Isabella, or the Pot of Basil, is founded upon a tale of Boccaccio, that old master to whom so many poets have gone for inspiration.