an herb (Chrysanthemum balsamita) of the composite family, with many small flower heads, having sweet-smelling leaves that are used in flavoring
Origin of costmaryMiddle English costmarye from cost ( from Old English from Classical Latin costum from Classical Greek kostos, name of an aromatic plant) + Marie, (St.) Mary
A Eurasian perennial herb (Tanacetum balsamita syn. Chrysanthemum balsamita) in the composite family, having aromatic foliage sometimes used for potpourri, tea, or flavoring.
Origin of costmaryMiddle English costmarie cost costmary ( from Old English) ( from Medieval Latin costus ) ( from Latin costum the Himalayan plant Saussurea costus having fragrant roots used in incense and perfumery ) ( from Greek kostos ) ( from Sanskrit ku&slowdot;&tlowdot;hah ) ( probably of non-Indo-European origin) Marie Mary ( perhaps after Mary, the mother of Jesus (in reference to the many traditional household and medicinal uses of costmary's aromatic leaves) ) ( or Mary Magdalene, traditionally depicted as anointing the feet of Jesus with fragrant unguent (in reference to the specific use of costmary to scent water for bathing the feet) )
(usually uncountable, plural costmaries)