Origin of rosemaryaltered (after rose and Mary) from earlier rosmarine from Classical Latin ros marinus (also ros maris), literally , dew of the sea from ros, dew ( from Indo-European an unverified form ros? from an unverified form eres, to flow: see race) + marinus, marine
Origin of Rosemarysee rosemary
- An aromatic evergreen Mediterranean shrub (Rosmarinus officinalis) in the mint family, having light blue or pink flowers and narrow grayish-green leaves that are used in cooking and perfumery.
- The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning.
Origin of rosemaryAlteration (probably influenced by rose 1) ( Mary 1) of Middle English rosmarine from Latin rōs marīnus, rōsmarīnum rōs dew ( perhaps from the essential oil glands on the whitish underside of its leaves ) marīnus of the sea ; see marine .
(usually uncountable, plural rosemaries)
- A female given name.
A combination of Rose and Mary, referring to the flower as a symbol of Virgin Mary, first recorded in the eighteenth century. It is found in continental Europe as Rosemarie and Rosa Maria. After mid-nineteenth century when flower names became common it may also refer to the herb rosemary, Latin ros marinus "dew of the sea".