Origin of marjoramMiddle English majoran from Old French majorane from Medieval Latin maiorana, probably altered from Classical Latin amaracus from Classical Greek amarakos, marjoram: of Indic origin, originally , akin to Sanskrit maruva-
- A perennial Mediterranean plant (Origanum majorana) in the mint family, having small, purplish to white flowers and opposite leaves. Also called sweet marjoram .
- The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning.
Origin of marjoramEarly Modern English margeram alteration ( influenced by Middle French marjolaine ) of Middle English majorane, mageram from Old French majorane from Medieval Latin maiorana alteration ( influenced by māior greater ) of Late Latin mezurana perhaps of Near Eastern originPersian marzangōš from Middle Persian perhaps alteration ( influenced by marzān mouse ) ( and gōš ear, in reference to the shape of the plant's small pilose leaves ) of earlier mardgōš ( source of Arabic mardaqūš ) perhaps ultimately from a Near Eastern areal word that was also the source of Greek amārakon and ancient Macedonian abarú
From Old French majorane (cf. French marjolaine, Italian maggiorana, Portuguese manjerona, Spanish mejorana), from Medieval Latin majorana, from Latin amaracus, from Ancient Greek á¼€Î¼Î¬ÏÎ±ÎºÎ¿Ï‚ (amarakos). Compare Sanskrit à¤®à¤°à¥à¤µ (“marjoram"), with influence from Latin major (“greater").