Definition of origanum in English:



  • An aromatic plant of a genus that includes marjoram and oregano.

    Genus Origanum, family Labiatae

    • ‘The subspecies of oregano Origanum vulgare hirtum is an important culinary herb.’
    • ‘Italian oregano (Origanum X majoricum) is a hybrid resulting from crossing oregano and sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana).’
    • ‘Origanum vulgare, or Wild marjoram, is a perennial herb, with erect, leafy, hairy, purple, quadrangular, corymbose stems, from 6 inches to 2 feet in height.’
    • ‘Its flowers are the source of the famous Hymettus honey; and what is called ‘Spanish origanum oil’ is produced from it.’
    • ‘He'd had to assure her that garlic and origanum were necessities, and avocado vinaigrette could add a delightful - and nourishing - touch to a meal.’


Latin, from Greek origanon, perhaps from oros ‘mountain’ + ganos ‘brightness’.