One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A low-growing aromatic plant of the mint family. The small leaves are used as a culinary herb and the plant yields a medicinal oil.
Genus Thymus, family Labiatae: many species, in particular common (or garden) thyme (T. vulgaris)
- ‘Toss on a mass of fresh herbs, such as thyme or basil, or rub it with garlic and olive oil.’
- ‘For the ham, boil in water with thyme, garlic, bay leaves, onions and leeks for two hours then break into largish pieces.’
- ‘In a blender, blitz together the balsamic vinegar, thyme leaves and garlic.’
- ‘Other powerful herbs include dill, garden thyme, rosemary and peppermint.’
- ‘When shopping for thyme plants you will use for cooking, pinch off a piece of leaf to taste before you buy.’
- ‘Grey mullet is popular in Mediterranean dishes and goes well with rosemary, thyme, garlic and fennel.’
- ‘Dishes are mostly enhanced with lemons and fresh or dried mountain herbs such as thyme and oregano.’
- ‘Basil, marjoram and thyme grow well in small containers; bay, lavender and rosemary need larger ones.’
- ‘A rare delight is a pig's kidney the size of a fist baked slowly with thyme, tarragon, cream and snippets of bacon.’
- ‘Home grown herbs would have included coriander, dill, thyme, opium poppy and summer savoury.’
- ‘Add all the spices, parsley, thyme, bay leaf, shallots, garlic, vanilla pod and lemon slices.’
- ‘I also ignored the dried thyme that was provided in my bundle and used fresh thyme and rosemary because I had it on hand.’
- ‘I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding cowslip grow.’
- ‘Rosemary, thyme and dill are also good decorative herbs to plant with cabbages.’
- ‘I prepared chicken stock with bouillon cubes, adding sprigs of thyme and bay leaves.’
- ‘Squeeze out the excess liquid with your hands and add the beaten egg, salt, flour, parsley and thyme leaves, mixing well.’
- ‘I usually have a pot of parsley on the kitchen windowsill, as well as some tarragon and thyme.’
- ‘In front of the beech hedge, a patch of un-cultivated land overflowed with flowering thyme, rosemary and gorse.’
- ‘Over a medium heat, in a large pan, soften the onion, bay leaves and thyme in the butter for one minute.’
- ‘It was often burned with juniper and thyme as a means of cleansing a room of witches and bad spirits.’
Middle English: from Old French thym, via Latin from Greek thumon, from thuein ‘burn, sacrifice’.
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