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An aromatic plant of the daisy family, formerly used in medicine and for flavouring ale prior to the use of hops.Also called alecost
- ‘Using a mortar and pestle, grind the spikenard, peppercorns, costmary and cloves together.’
- ‘Today, the primary use of costmary is in tea and herbal pillows and sachets.’
- ‘In potpourris, costmary helps intensify the scents of other herbs.’
- ‘Perfumed toilet water was once made from costmary leaves and they added a spicy flavor to ale.’
- ‘The costmary plant is a tall and erect perennial chrysanthemum, of minor importance as a condiment.’
Late Middle English: from obsolete cost (via Latin from Greek kostos, via Arabic from Sanskrit kuṣṭha, denoting an aromatic plant) + Mary, the mother of Christ (with whom it was associated in medieval times because of its medicinal qualities).
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