Oregano

Nahaufnahme von frischem Oregano auf Holzspeckgrund, selektiver Fokus

Origanum vulgare

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Oregano (Wikipedia)

Oregano
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Asterids
Order:Lamiales
Family:Lamiaceae
Genus:Origanum
Species:
O. vulgare
Binomial name
Origanum vulgare

Oregano (US: /ɔːˈrɛɡən, ə-/, UK: /ˌɒrɪˈɡɑːn/; Origanum vulgare) is a species of flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae. It was native to the Mediterranean region, but widely naturalised elsewhere in the temperate Northern Hemisphere.

Oregano is a woody perennial plant, growing 20–80 cm (8–31 in) tall, with opposite leaves1–4 cm (121+12 in) long. The flowers are purple,3–4 mm (18316 in) long, produced in erect spikes in summer. It is sometimes called wild marjoram, and its close relative, O. majorana, is known as sweet marjoram. Both are very widely used as culinary herbs, especially in Spanish, Italian and French cuisine. Oregano is also an ornamental plant, with numerous cultivars bred for varying leaf colour, flower colour and habit.

Oregano (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

From Spanish orégano (wild marjoram), from Latin orīganum, from Ancient Greek ὀρίγανον (oríganon). Doublet of origanum.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɒɹɪˈɡɑːnəʊ/, /əˈɹɛɡənoʊ/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɔˈɹɛɡənoʊ/, /əˈɹɛɡənoʊ/

Noun

oregano (usually uncountable, plural oreganos)

  1. A herb of the mint family, Origanum vulgare, having aromatic leaves.
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