Definition of tulsi in English:



  • [mass noun] A kind of basil which is cultivated by Hindus as a sacred plant.

    • ‘According to her, tulsi could cure anything.’
    • ‘A handful of tulsi leaves can also be added when boiling the water.’
    • ‘A sprig of tulsi plant, a piece of gold, or a few drops of Ganges River water are placed in the mouth to delay messengers of Yama, god of death.’
    • ‘In the middle of the angan a cheerful green tulsi grew and all around it danced the images of white flowers and birds painted by the women of the house.’
    • ‘The organization distributes 20,000 tulsi plants free of cost every year.’
    • ‘Walking through his fields the fragrance of wild tulsi crushed underfoot, I asked about the crops and the rains.’


From Hindi tūlsī.