Definition of lovage in English:

lovage

noun

  • A large edible white-flowered plant of the parsley family.

    Several species in the family Umbelliferae, in particular a Mediterranean herb (Levisticum officinale), which is chiefly used for flavouring liqueurs

    • ‘In a small bowl mix together the lovage, brioche, sauerkraut, creme fraiche, and sour cream.’
    • ‘Think about various dishes that are made and you will find at least one herb flavouring it; potatoes and chives or lovage, tomatoes and basil, spaghetti sauce and oregano, and many more.’
    • ‘Suggestions for a gourmet garden include many plants common in mediaeval times such as sweet Cicily, scented geraniums, lovage and lavender, apparently a marvellous seasoning for vinegars and home-made ice cream.’
    • ‘What most people want is the pleasure of picking fresh salad leaves for supper and having a steady supply of easy to grow herbs, such as chives, parsley, lovage, tarragon, rosemary, thyme, mint and marjoram.’
    • ‘The consensus is that they tend to avoid aromatic herbs including garlic, onions, chives, rosemary, lavender, lemon balm, mint, tansy, lovage, marjoram, thyme, sage and fennel.’

Origin

Middle English loveache, alteration (as if from love + obsolete ache ‘parsley’) of Old French luvesche, levesche, via late Latin levisticum from Latin ligusticum, neuter of ligusticus ‘Ligurian’.

Pronunciation

lovage

/ˈlʌvɪdʒ/