Definition of


  1. (noun, food) an herb whose leaves are used to flavor sauces and punches; young leaves can be eaten in salads or cooked
  2. (noun, plant) hairy blue-flowered European annual herb long used in herbal medicine and eaten raw as salad greens or cooked like spinach

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Synonyms of Borage

borago officinalis, tailwort

Alternate forms of Borage

Hypernyms: herb, herbaceous plant

Origin of the word Borage

  1. flowering plant used in salads, mid-13c., from Anglo-Norm., from O.Fr. borage (13c., Mod.Fr. bourrache), from M.L. borrago. Klein says this is ultimately from Arabic abu drak, lit. "the father of sweat," so called by Arab physicians for its effect on humans. But OED says it's from L. borra "rough hair, short wool," in reference to the texture … more

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