Definition of lovage in English:

lovage

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

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/