Definition of “basil” - English Dictionary

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“basil” in British English

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basilnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈbæz.əl/ us /ˈbeɪ.zəl/

Examples from literature

  • He used the national colors: red tomato, white cheese, and a green herb called basil. 
  • Basil. —Sweet basil an aromatic herb is classed among the sweet herbs. 
  • In the same family we have the sage and the sweet or common basil, also giving up their essential oils on distillation. 
  • Mix basil with chopped tomatoes. 
  • Parsley, mint and tarragon should be dried in June or July, thyme, marjoram and savory in July and August, basil and sage in August and September. 
  • Season with salt, pepper, parsley, green onions, bay leaf, thyme, garlic, cloves, and basil. 

(Definition of “basil” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“basil” in American English

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basilnoun [ U ]

us /ˈbæz·əl, ˈbeɪ·zəl/

an herb with a strong smell that is used to flavor foods in cooking

(Definition of “basil” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)