Origin of basilMiddle English and amp; Old French basile ; from Medieval Latin basilicum ; from Classical Greek basilikon (phyton), basil, literally , royal (plant) ; from basileus, king
Origin of BasilClassical Latin Basilius ; from Classical Greek Basileios, literally , kingly ; from basileus, king
- 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.
- Any of various plants in the genus Ocimum, native to warm regions, having aromatic foliage and terminal clusters of small, usually white flowers.
Origin of basilMiddle English, from Old French basile, from Medieval Latin basilicum, from Greek basilikon, from neuter of basilikos, royal; see basilica.
, Saint. Known as “the Great.” AD 330?–379?
- A male given name, in quiet but steady use in the UK.
Name of several early saints, particularly in the Orthodox Church, from Latin Basilius, from Ancient Greek Βασίλειος (Basileios).