Origin of basilMiddle English and Old French basile from Medieval Latin basilicum from Classical Greek basilikon (phyton), basil, literally , royal (plant) from basileus, king
any of a genus (Ocimum) of fragrant plants of the mint family, esp. a white-flowered garden herb (O. basilicum) whose leaves are used for flavoring in cooking
a masculine name
Origin of BasilClassical Latin Basilius from Classical Greek Basileios, literally , kingly from basileus, king
( 330?-379); Gr. prelate, born in Cappadocia: bishop of Caesarea: his day is Jan. 2: called the Great
- 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 .
SaintKnown 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.
- 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).
- His suc- Basil HI.
- On July 29, 1014, Byzantine emperor Basil II defeated the Bulgarian army in the Battle of Kleidion.
- As Dean entered the house, Sherlock Holmes was lecturing Watson in a voice sounding very much like Basil Rathbone while a radio across the room was playing soft music.
- The town successfully resisted the attacks of the emperor Basil II.
- Basil had them carefully educated at the monastery of Studion, and afterwards advanced them to high official positions.