Lovage definition

lŭvĭj
A perennial Mediterranean herb, Levisticum officinale, with odor and flavor resembling celery.
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A European plant (Levisticum officinale) of the umbel family, sometimes used as a potherb and formerly as a home medicine.
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Any of several plants in the parsley family, especially the Mediterranean species Levisticum officinale, having edible leaves and leafstalks and small, aromatic, seedlike fruit used as seasoning.
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Origin of lovage

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman luvesche from Old English lufestice from Medieval Latin levistica from Late Latin levisticum alteration of Latin ligusticum from neuter of Ligusticus Ligurian from Ligurēs the Ligurians

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman luvache, loveche et al., and Middle French levesche, from Late Latin levisticum, probably alteration of Latin ligusticum, from Ligusticus (“Ligurian"), ultimately from Ancient Greek Λίγυς (Ligus).

    From Wiktionary