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costmaryn. [L. costum an Oriental aromatic plant (Gr. , cf. Ar. kost, kust) + Maria Mary. Cf. Alecost.].
     A garden plant (Chrysanthemum Balsamita) having a strong balsamic smell, and nearly allied to tansy. It is used as a pot herb and salad plant and in flavoring ale and beer. Called also alecost.  [1913 Webster]


costmary, n. (pl. -ies) an aromatic composite plant, Balsamita major, formerly used in medicine and for flavouring ale.

OE cost f. L costum f. Gk kostos f. Arab. kust an aromatic plant + (St) Mary (with whom it was associated in medieval times)

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