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Definition of basil:

  1. 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).
  2. The skin of a sheep tanned with bark.
  3. The slope or angle to which the cutting edge of a tool, as a plane, is ground.
  4. To grind or form the edge of to an angle.


common basil, sweet basil.

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