ozimum (s.xiii2/4)

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ozimum (s.xiii2/4)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: *7,303b ocimum; Gdf: 5,679b oximi; GdfC: ; TL: 6,1466 oximi; DEAF: ; DMF:  oximi / zimon; TLF: ; OED: ; MED:  ocimum n.; DMLBS: 2000b ocimum ]

The primary sense of the Latin word is ‘herb basil’, but the DMLBS list two further senses (‘mistletoe’ and ‘nettle’) which, without a precise context, may equally be applicable to these Anglo-Norman attestations. A-N Med defines the word as ‘mistletoe’ in the glossary without further explanation. It is possible that this word shows some confusion and/or contamination with osmonde.


1bot.herb basil (or mistletoe? or nettle?)
( s.xiii2/4; MS: s.xiii3/4 )  [Pregne l'en] ozimum, racines de fenoil et les mete l'en boillir en vin blanc desque les .ii. parties soient degastee  i 188
( 1266-1300; MS: c.1300 )  A la cervelle fait bien: [...] epithyme, mente, calamente, ozimum, rue, sage, castereum, mostarde, mastic pelette [...]  87.524
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