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ˈbæz əl, ˈbæs-, ˈbeɪ zəl, -səlbasil

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. basilnoun

    any of several Old World tropical aromatic annual or perennial herbs of the genus Ocimum

  2. Basil, St. Basil, Basil of Caesarea, Basil the Great, St. Basil the Greatnoun

    (Roman Catholic Church) the bishop of Caesarea who defended the Roman Catholic Church against the heresies of the 4th century; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-379)

  3. basil, sweet basilnoun

    leaves of the common basil; used fresh or dried


  1. Basilnoun

    A male given name from Ancient Greek, in quiet but steady use in the UK.

    "Nonsense. I'm sure he can't have grey hair with such a pretty name as that. Basil Brooke, Basil Brooke," and May chanted the name over and over in her girlish, musical voice. "It sounds like all sorts of pleasant pictures. - -

    Etymology: Name of several early saints, particularly in the Orthodox Church, from Latin Basilius, from Ancient Greek Βασίλειος ( Basíleios ) .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Basilnoun

    the slope or angle to which the cutting edge of a tool, as a plane, is ground

  2. Basilverb

    to grind or form the edge of to an angle

  3. Basilnoun

    the name given to several aromatic herbs of the Mint family, but chiefly to the common or sweet basil (Ocymum basilicum), and the bush basil, or lesser basil (O. minimum), the leaves of which are used in cookery. The name is also given to several kinds of mountain mint (Pycnanthemum)

  4. Basilnoun

    the skin of a sheep tanned with bark


  1. Basil

    Basil, or Sweet Basil, is a common name for the culinary herb Ocimum basilicum, of the family Lamiaceae, sometimes known as Saint Joseph's Wort in some English-speaking countries. Basil, originally from India, but thoroughly familiar to Theophrastus and Dioscurides, is a half-hardy annual plant, best known as a culinary herb prominently featured in Italian cuisine, and also plays a major role in Southeast Asian cuisines of Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and the cuisine of Taiwan. Depending on the species and cultivar, the leaves may taste somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent, often sweet smell. There are many varieties of Ocimum basilicum, as well as several related species or species hybrids also called basil. The type used in Italian food is typically called sweet basil, as opposed to Thai basil, lemon basil and holy basil, which are used in Asia. While most common varieties of basil are treated as annuals, some are perennial in warm, tropical climates, including holy basil and a cultivar known as 'African Blue'. Basil is originally native to India and other tropical regions of Asia, having been cultivated there for more than 5,000 years.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Basil

    baz′il, n. a mainly tropical or subtropical genus of Labiatæ, characterised by a pleasant aromatic smell and taste, and reckoned amongst sweet herbs.—Sweet basil is an Indian annual long cultivated in Europe for seasoning purposes. [O. Fr. basile—L. basilisca—Gr. basilikon, royal.]

  2. Basil

    baz′il, n. a sheepskin roughly tanned and undressed.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. basil

    The angle to which the edge of shipwrights' cutting tools is ground away.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of basil in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of basil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of basil in a Sentence

  1. Vincent Price:

    Suddenly in the '50s, a whole new group of actors came out: Marlon Brando, James Dean and Paul Newman, who were very moody and realistic. So actors like myself and Basil Rathbone and so on didn't really fit into those realistic dramas and we began to do costume pictures. This was really the only place we could go on working if we wanted to survive as actors. Most of the things of my later career have been costume pictures. They require a certain knowledge of the language, they require enunciation and a poetic approach to the language. Really, the one thing we have over the apes is our language, isn't it? That's about all.

  2. Joe Sliwkowski:

    Basil has anti-inflammatory properties, so if my kids have bites I just take the leaf, crinkle it and rub it on the skin.

  3. Kristy Del Coro:

    Many foods found at the farmers' market are so delicious eaten on their own, they require minimal preparation, you don't even need to buy a lot at once -- start by purchasing a few foods that are familiar to you and simple to prepare, like tomatoes, basil and mozzarella to make a classic caprese salad.

  4. Philip Powell:

    the Basil Spence Syndrome. When Coventry Cathedral was going up and in the public eye, he went through a lean period when he wasn't offered any jobs at all because people thought he wouldn't have time for anything else.

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