One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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
- ‘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.’
- ‘In a small bowl mix together the lovage, brioche, sauerkraut, creme fraiche, and sour cream.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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’.
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