One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An aromatic herbaceous plant of the mint family, some kinds of which are used as culinary and medicinal herbs.
- ‘These beautiful cards feature four of Plantlife's Back from the Brink species: juniper, pillwort, chamomile and meadow clary.’
- ‘Aromatherapists often suggest using the oils of birch, lavender, black pepper, clary, ginger and marjoram to alleviate backache.’
- ‘On shelves in one bedroom were dozens of bottles of essential oils: clary sage, cinnamon, tea tree and carrot seed.’
- ‘Add 10 drops of an essential oil with a calming fragrance, like clary sage.’
- ‘Our free plants have included annuals such as purple and pink clary, Californian poppies, English marigolds, and red nasturtiums.’
Late Middle English: from obsolete French clarie, from medieval Latin sclarea.
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